Ancient Paths

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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.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”

When we are faced with a crossroads we are forced to make a decision. Which way should I go? God says for us to take these choices seriously. Stand, look, and examine the options. Talk to the Father about the best way. What have people who have stood here before discovered? Which way did they go that led to success? Ask God which is the good way. Which way is in His perfect will?

Robert Frost wrote a poem, “The Road Not Taken”, which finishes with this stanza:

“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

All of us can think of opportunities in the past to choose between two different paths, and generally, we chose the easier one – the one with the most pleasure or immediate gratification. It was well worn. Most of the time, we could probably agree, it didn’t work out too well. Usually we saw “the good way”, but we deliberately said, “We will not walk in it.”

The good path is narrow, and less traveled, but leads to abundant rest and peace. It is the ancient path that our spiritual fathers chose. Take it. It is much more rewarding.


Talk to the Father about your choices today. Ask for wisdom and discernment to choose correctly.

Dive Deeper: Study Jeremiah 6; Matthew 11:28-30; John 14:6; Isaiah 30:21.