Friday, May 24, 2013

The Good Old Ways

“Thus says the Lord, 'Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls.' But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’"  Jer 6:16

God was angry with His people, in this case, the people of Judah in particular.  Despite all of the many times that God had come to their aid after they got themselves in trouble through disobedience, they turned to idolatry time and time again.  He sent His servant Jeremiah to give them one last warning that harsh punishment for their rebellion was imminent.  It is important to know that this warning was not to the peoples of the earth at large but to the people that God called His own.

Today we are exasperated when we look at the condition of the world.  We are constantly faced with the effects of corruption, immorality, strife, hatred and godlessness.  And while this can be seen throughout the world, what can be seen among the people of God?  Unfortunately, all of the above can be found inside the church as well.  While it is important to understand the source of illness in the body; however, the priority is always to seek first the cure.

Beloved, we tend to pursue new ways, new understanding and new interpretations of what God has always told us, but not all that is new, shiny and technological is good.  The word of God and the instructions it contains for how we must live our lives is ancient.  And of His surpassing existence and nature we must understand that, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows" James 1:17 (NIV).  When we stray from God's way, we leave the path He has lit and laid out for us from the beginning, and stumble into darkness.  This most tragically takes place among those God calls His own and we are utterly without excuse.

The cure for this malady is simple: "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.  For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it" Matt 7:13-14.  Let us emulate David who said, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  I have sworn and I will confirm it, that I will keep Your righteous ordinances" Psa 119:105-106.  The word of God is the true way and the true path.  Let us be sure to follow it.



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