‘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 6 v 16
We will encounter crossroads every year of our lives, without exception. The question is- will we know what to do when faced with one? Do we know what questions to ask?
A wise person once said that it is not the answer but asking the right question that matters. Ask the wrong question and we are liable to get the wrong answer.
This passage exhorts us to look, ask and then walk.
Looking at what is before us; can we see the way clearly? Can we discern one way from another? Taking time to look before us is an art perfected by time and experience.
We also need to ask; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is.
What is the good way? I love how the Bible speaks of Christ followers as followers of ‘The Way’, The Apostle Paul states;
‘..However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect’- Acts 24 v 14
The Way… it suggests a route, a path, a journey. It is indicative of following a set way marked out for us. I believe this means to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. To follow in the path he has already laid out for us. The Apostle Paul, who had previously persecuted followers of the ‘Way’ to their death (Acts 22 v 4), now identifies himself as one. What had he discovered?
Maybe it was something similar to what Simon Peter realised;
‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that You are the Holy one of God’- John 6 v 68-69
The ancient paths are the paths that Jesus trod. The way that He lived His life, the direction He headed in, the purposes He intentionally fulfilled on the Earth.
Walking in the ancient paths, the good way, may leave us labelled as old-fashioned and narrow minded. Regardless of the reaction we must cling to the Way, knowing that the word of God stands forever. As He has purposed so it shall stand.
Truth does not change or evolve with the times.
Our understanding and comprehension of truth may change, but the truth itself remains firm. Heaven and Earth may pass away, but His words never will.
Look for Jesus at the crossroads,
Ask Him for the ancient paths- the good way,
Walk in it,
Discover rest for your souls.
Are you facing a crossroad in your life?