The Old Paths, The Good Way
When we are in a state of great distress and perplexity, it is difficult to determine what action to take when there are many different paths to choose from. Thousands of years ago, the kingdom of Judah was in such a state, finding itself at a crossroad, facing peril and destruction which could only be averted by wise and prompt action.
Out of the clamor of counseling voices came the word of the Prophet Jeremiah: “Thus says the Lord: Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls.”1
Let us consider the Prophet’s instruction:
First, stand in the ways and see. This means deliberation. When at a dilemma, it is not the time to rush into action which may result in choosing the wrong path. A crisis, a turning point is the time for prudence and forethought.
Second, ask for the old paths, what is the good way. This means guidance. Let history serve as a guide: the nation of Judah had won victory and experienced peace and prosperity in former times; therefore, inquire of the past how these blessings were attained. Search for the trodden road that led to safety and happiness.
Third, walk therein. This means action. After deliberation and having discerned the guiding light, proceed ahead upon the chosen path. In doing so, Jeremiah told the people of Judah, you will find rest for your souls.
Almost five centuries later, Jesus Christ addressed, not a nation, but individual men and women: the weary and heavy-laden, and once again he mentioned the concept of soul-rest in the same manner as the Prophet Jeremiah :
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”2
Christ’s prescription for finding rest for one’s soul is to come to Him, to choose the path that leads to Him, proclaiming that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. A new and a living way, but yet the most ancient of pathways— a pathway that leads to the Rock of Ages.
1 Jeremiah 6:11, King James Version
2 Matthew 11:28-29, New King James Version
*** Reference: Henry Van Dyke, 1903, “Joy and Power”, http://www.gutenberg.net/1/0/3/9/10395, pp.72-92
*** Photography by Rovakovski
Thank you, Joseyphina. God bless!
What beautiful reflections and wise counsel, Lilly. As always I am inspired and humbled by your work. Many blessings, Vivian
Thank you, Vivian. It is a humbling honor to be a vessel of His message and inspiration. Blessings to you, too! Lilly (Dee) 🙂
A beautiful devotion and abiding truth to live by as we place our trust in Him, our burdens and cares in His hands. Thank you for sharing this.
It is an enriching blessing to be able to share the abiding truth of His love and care for us. Thank you so much, Joyce for your wonderful comment.
Your very welcome. It is refreshing to read a blog with positive, encouraging messages and posts giving God the glory for all He does in our lives.
Always the path is open – always the door, unlocked – always He is our home…….. Let us go……..let us stay. ~ I love this, Dee. ~ Ever, Bobbie
Oh what a beautiful thought, Bobbie — the open path, the unlocked door to Him, our home. Yes, let us go, indeed, let us stay. Thank you, Bobbie. Love, Dee
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Thank you, Lizzie — a humbling honor for this post to be re-blogged. Blessings always, Dee
Beautifully written and understanding of scriptures ~ self-reflections are wonderful herein Dear! A wonderful devotional ! Praying you are well dear. ~Debbie
Thank you so much, Debbie for your lovely comment and prayer. Praying for you as well. Dee
This has been one of my favorite verses for some time now. Nice post 🙂
Oh I am so glad this post expounded on one of your long-time favorite verses! Thank you so much.
The Cycle of Life does not mean the Cycle of Re learning that which is already paid for by our forebears. But alas, that is what most indulge in – each confident, each intent on making one’s own mistakes.
And the Old Paths, the Good Way await us – many are yet to embark on that journey, I reckon.
A devotional reminder to accompany those already on the journey, and to ease those who are yet to begin into it.
Peace and blessings,
Succinctly stated, Eric. How true that mankind and womankind alike have the tendency to be intent on making one’s own mistakes, and as you call it, is a form of indulgence.
I believe there are established physical and moral laws in the universe, and it takes wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to discern and abide by these laws, to keep our lives out of preventable woes.
As always, thank you for your insights and enlightenment, Eric.
Peace and blessings,
This sounds like a practical plan that can be applied to our lives.
Yes indeed, Carolyn, and oftentimes I remember this verse when I need to make certain decisions. Thank you. Dee
So many people need to hear this. Thank you so much for sharing!
Thank you, Kristin… it is a blessing to share these thoughts, with the referenced articles, too.