|Ask For the Old Paths
Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
A few years ago I went to see a friend in the hospital in a town I had not been to in years. Some things looked familiar and others things were new, but what had not changed where old highways that still went by certain things. Well my husband and I still got lost, though there still were roads familiar to me, there was a few new turns and such and it was enough to get me off the old roads onto a few new roads. Finally after a few twist and turns I land at the right destination.
There is a point to wrong and right roads and old familiar ones and new roads. The old roads will always take you home, but the new paths might not get you to where you are suppose to go. New roads represent ways of destruction and old paths represent the ways of God. Yet old roads often crisscross new roads, giving one a chance to follow the old way at the right intersection. How far you have to travel new roads is up to you, but the old roads will lead you home.
Many people want the modernization of all the new things life has to offer never looking to the old things. Social media often show picture of old timey things, only for a person to realize those things are from oneís own era. Does that make me old perhaps. God laid in Jerusalem a stone that would crush and a stone that could be built upon. Jesus in a solid rock but if not followed, He will be a crusher of the human soul. Yet if we follow Jesus and never look to the Father is it enough. The great debate of faith, of if I only look to the ways of Christ am I not saved. The answer is no. Faith in the mighty one that created the old paths still remains. Jesus being the word of God is all we have to look to, in order to be saved. Yet the word is of old and new together. It more then just looking at the man that died on the cross, or believing the prophesy of the cross. It willingness to follow and believe in Christ and God. It is about faith and willing to do the will of God which is a continual theme from Old to New Testament. If I only tell you to love and that all you do is love then you fail to know to believe in the one that died for your Sins His name is Jesus. Yet to believe in the cross and not God one fails to know God is love and God so loved the world.
People can be rebellious like they were in the time of Jeremiah, but we are reminded to follow the old way. Did Jesus follow the old paths, of course he did, but he taught the modern generation of his day in the language they understood. When we ask God for the old paths we asking God to lead our foot steps His way. To teach us the ways of Him. The way of rebellion is not the way of God. Israel at the time of Jeremiah was fixing to go into exile because of their rebellious ways. God was reminding the people through Jeremiah to ask for the old way. Yet the people would not. The boundaries God sets before us has to do with the roads we are to follow. If we follow not the old paths we will be taken from our boundaries. Those coming out of exile that followed the ways of God found themselves being taken to their borders. Yet to leave a land is because of rebellion.
Ask for the old ways and ask for the ways of God. Ask for the ways of hope and life eternal. Do not be like the rebels of Jeremiah day that would not listen to Godís voice or instruction. Our world is influenced by the old ways. Everyone wants something new.
Dear Heavenly Father give us the old roads of faith to teach us about faith and trust in your Only Begotten Son Jesus. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Colossians 2:6-7 KJV
(6) As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
(7) Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.