Jeremiah 6:16 Thus says the Lord, “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls.” (NAS95)
Rest for the soul sounds inviting. Peace and confidence are included in this phrase. Jeremiah tells us we can find it in a place that many today would not think of looking. In the ancient paths. History and tradition can bring with them a host of benefits.
•We are encouraged to “stand by the ways and see and ask”. This is not blind faith, but rather a considered search of what God has done and blessed in the past. It is an acknowledgement that many of our forefathers also had relationship with Him that we can learn from.
•There are many “good ways” that are unknown to those who have not had the privilege of growing up in the faith.
A study of the complete Bible rather than selected portions is necessary. Set aside time to read through completely as well as reading portions that you love. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable.
•It’s not enough to study and recognize the good ways, but we also need to walk in them.
Seeing the truth has no value to the one who doesn’t apply it to their life.
The promise is that there is rest for the soul.
Rawlin Falk is a pastor with Maple Park Alliance Church.