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Ancient Paths

‘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. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’’ Jeremiah 6:16 (NIV).

   

The right path for living is time-worn and marked out by God. It has proven to be good and true. Yet the people of Jeremiah’s time refused to take God’s path, going their own way instead.

Today we face the same decision: taking God’s way which is old and true, or following a new path of our own choosing. However, the only way we find peace and ‘rest for our souls’ is by walking on God’s path. This is the way of walking that we find in Jesus. He invites us to learn His way of walking, in which we will find refreshment and rest (Matthew 11:29).

Following Jesus will not be burdensome, but easy and means travelling at a lighter, slower, calmer rate. Jesus never ran from one activity to the other, trying to cram as much as possible into one day. Following the ancient path is done at a steady, living-in-each-moment type of pace. No wonder Jesus invites us to walk with Him. We are traveling too fast and carrying too many burdens.

To walk with Jesus, we must walk like Jesus. Jesus waited to be instructed by His Father. And so to travel this ancient path, we too must wait for His voice which will lead us to minister to people, one face at a time. We must slow down our lives, in order to catch up to Jesus, for we have raced too far ahead.

Do we need to rest more often with Jesus, waiting for His instruction as to what activity to be involved in? When we do this, we will not only slow down and find the pleasure of walking at Christ’s pace, but we will find that much of our busy activity is not so important after all. As we live with less in our lives, we will be living our best for Christ.

   

Prayer:

‘Heavenly Father, thank you for the invitation to walk along the ancient path of traveling slowly with you. Help me to release what is not part of your will, to find pleasure of walking at a slower pace and rest for my soul. Amen.’