“Thus says the Lord: "Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, 'We will not walk in it.'”
God’s Word has been around for a long time and it has proven true over and over again. His Law never changes. Those who ignore it eventually suffer the consequences and those who live in accordance with it will find peace and rest. God has promised to punish those who do evil and bless those who do good, and God is the one who defines both good and evil.
You’d think that after all this time the entire human race would have figured this pattern out but that never seems to happen. The rebellion in our hearts blinds us to the facts that are staring us in the face. We want to be free from God’s Law so we ignore it and make up our own definition of right and wrong, good and evil. We invent our own rules and convince ourselves that they are better, wiser, more loving, more progressive and more merciful than God’s rules. And then we wonder at the chaos that results!
So God calls us again to repent and believe. Repent from the confused rebellion and believe His Law is right. Repent from our disobedience and believe that the offer of forgiveness in Jesus is still valid and that it’s meant for us.
It’s an old road, an “ancient path, where the good way is.” It leads to home. It leads to the loving embrace of our Father, who is waiting by the door, watching the road for our return and ready to bless us with everything we need in ways that we can’t even imagine.
Lord Jesus, I’m tired of fighting it. You are right, I am wrong. Forgive my childish rebellion and my attempts to redefine good and evil. You alone are God, I am not. Your Word is true, and the old way that You established is good. Give me rest as I learn to walk in it once again. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles