Which way? Maybe we should ask Jeremiah….((but not the ‘Jeremiah’ in the song, Jeremiah was a bull-frog….and I just dated myself)
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.'”
Jeremiah is using the illustration of a man standing at an intersection, or a fork in the road, just observing. He has to make the decision of what path to take. There are obviously different options….maybe a recently built wide road with many travelers on it. Then there is probably another road…well worn, narrow, hidden in the bushes. Perhaps an older traveler stops and the man asks him which path to take, and the older man points to the narrow road….a road that leads to peace and rest. THAT is the path to take.
It’s easy to get swept along by the current of today’s society. And there is something in all of us that wants to take the path of least resistance, or the wider path with everyone else. In these situations we are to turn to wisdom and ask, what is the right thing to do or what is the old path?
The old paths are paths set down by God Himself. These old paths are the way that God has prescribed for us to walk, or simply put…God’s Will for us. They are good because they are God’s way. God is wise, perfect and His path leads to heaven. His path is the way of rest for our souls.
Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Here Jesus was reminding His followers of two truths. The first is that when we come to Christ, He calls us to turn our backs on our old self-centered ways of living and begin to live the way He wants us to live. However, sadly, most people turn their back on Him and go down the other ‘popular’ path. That path leads us only to destruction.
Don’t be misled by what the crowd does! Jesus offers us hope, both for this life and the next! I think it’s time to start looking a little more closely at the narrow path …. and don’t forget to be a light…and shine brightly for those who might be following!