Walk the old path. That labor of love and obedience may end with the surprising reward of rest. It may be overgrown and little used, but if you take it, it can lead you deep into a treasure.
Jeremiah 6:16 says this, “Eternal One (to the people): Stand at the crossing, and consider the ancient path, for it is good and it leads to Me. Walk on this path and you will find rest for your souls. But they have said, “We will not walk upon this road.” The Voice
Walking the Old Path Was Not God Calling His People to the Past
When God said to walk the old path, He was saying there was a way, a path, that would lead to Him. It is ancient and, perhaps, not that appealing to the eye. The newer path, though appealing, was going to lead to destruction. Jesus echoed those same sentiments in the New Testament when He talked about a wide road and a narrow one. The wide one was easier but it was the narrow one that led to Him and He said that few would find it.
The narrow, old, hard-to-find path is the one that leads to rest! I believe Jeremiah and Jesus were saying the same thing. Jeremiah was referring to obedience to God. The people had gone away from God and they liked their new path – the one they made. He
Walk the Old Path to Rest
Jesus specifically said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 The Voice. ‘Come to Me’ indicates movement. We are moving or walking through this life. There is an old path called obedience but it is not the well-traveled path. Jesus said He was “the way, the truth, and the life.” It sounds contradictory to say that when you seek out the ancient path, the narrow way, you will find rest. But, as a Christian, you die in order live: you give in order to receive; you sacrifice yourself in order to be restored.
The old path of obedience is still the one we need to find. When I go to a National Park – like Glacier – there are paths everywhere. The most used ones are paved or graveled, smooth and easy to walk. I like that. But God isn’t talking about sight-seeing. He is talking about your life and your eternity. The need for obedience has never changed. I think, perhaps, we just don’t like the word. It sounds old-fashioned and out-of-style. It sounds that way until you have your own children and you experience their disobedience! You want obedience because you know more about the path than the child does. Suddenly obedience becomes very relevant. It really never goes out of style.
Walking the Old Path is About Obedience
Walking the old path of obedience is not a robotic existence where you have rules that dictate your every movement. Rather, we have the rules of love and our obedience is to be based on that love. I love the Father, Son and Holy Ghost so much that my deepest desire is to please them. I know their desire is to care for me, sharing that great and perfect love. That is the basis for obedience. Love. It is the old path.
Love is not always a straight and easy path – it is the old path. The reward at the other end makes the journey worthwhile – “I am sprinting toward the only goal that counts: to cross the line, to win the prize, and to hear God’s call to resurrection life found exclusively in Jesus, the Anointed.” Philippians 3:14 The Voice. That was the path Paul had determined to run on – the one that leads to Jesus! It is an ancient path and a narrow path. It is the only path.