The Ancient Paths

We had a verse read out in church last Sunday that really struck me in a big way; it had a powerful impact on my heart; something stirred within me as it was read out. Here it is from Jeremiah 6:16, “This is what the Lord says: Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”

We live in an arrogant age. Because of our technological prowess we think that we have no need of ancient wisdom, that our way is the right way, that we are powerful and successful. The facts on the ground tell us that nothing could be further from the truth. Our economies are falling apart, our churches are stagnating, the gap between rich and poor is horrendous, our politicians are clueless, families are broken, wars are still happening and people are walking through life depressed and despairing. A SmartPhone can’t fix that!

God has loved us from the beginning. He knows the path we must walk down if we are to know life. Here’s the twist. God himself is the path. It’s not a set of instructions; it’s not an esoteric philosophy; it’s not even the four spiritual laws. It is God. It is relationship. It is walking with him.

Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This is not Jesus being exclusive. It is Jesus issuing an invitation. It’s the same invitation  as Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” There is a way through this chaos and upheaval. It comes from “being covered in the dust of our rabbi (Ortberg).” It comes from being whole-hearted in our devotion to Jesus. The crazier the world gets the more we must press into him. He is the way, the truth and the life after all and we all want to know the way, the truth and life don’t we? So after reading this why don’t you unplug yourself. Find a quiet space, maybe in the midst of creation’s beauty and let God fill you heart and soul with his fierce and unconditional love for you. Then, take heart and follow him!

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