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Rediscovering Ancient Paths: Jeremiah 6:16

This post is about rediscovering the timeless wisdom of Jeremiah 6:16. It's about recognizing that history repeats itself, and God's warnings to His people in Jerusalem more than 2000 years ago are warnings for us today. Through God's inspiration, the prophet Jeremiah helps us explore the ancient paths, embrace the good way, and walk in it with courage and purpose.


If you look at our topic scripture in context, you'll see that Jeremiah Chapter 6 deals with Jerusalem's impending disaster. God has had enough of His peoples' insubordination. Sounds like America today! 


God asks, "To whom shall I speak and give warning that they may hear?" Jeremiah 6:10  The answer to God's question is you and me! 


So, let's take a look at what Jeremiah has to say...

"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. Jeremiah 6:16 (ESV)

Ancient Paths: The Invitation to Rediscover Ancient Wisdom


So, imagine this: Jeremiah, the prophet, is addressing the people of Judah, urging them to return to the ancient paths, to seek out the good way, and walk in it. Sounds simple.


Let's think about this a bit.


First off, Jeremiah talks about "the ancient paths." What does that mean? It's like tapping into the wisdom of our ancestors, tracing back the footsteps of those who walked before us.


These ancient paths are the tried-and-true ways of living, grounded in faith, integrity, and righteousness. They're like the foundation stones of a sturdy old house, built to withstand the storms of life.


Ancient Paths: Meaning of the "Good Way."


Now, Jeremiah mentions "the good way." Ah, the good way—sounds like something out of a fairy tale, doesn't it? But it's not about unicorns and rainbows; it's about living in alignment with God's truth and love.


It's about choosing kindness over cruelty, honesty over deception, and compassion over indifference.


The good way isn't always the easy way, but it's the path that leads to wholeness, fulfillment, and peace.


It's the good way that aligns us with God.


Ancient Paths: The Call to Action: "Walk in It"


But here's the kicker—Jeremiah doesn't just stop at pointing out the ancient paths and the good way. No, he goes one step further and says, "Walk in it." In other words, he's saying, "Hey, don't just stand there admiring the view. Put one foot in front of the other and start walking!"


It's a call to action, an invitation to embody the values and principles we hold dear. It's about living God's commandments with intentionality and purpose, even when the journey gets tough.


Now, you might be wondering, "Why should I bother with all this ancient wisdom stuff? I mean, we're living in the 21st century, right?"


Well, here's the thing—while our world may have changed drastically since Jeremiah's time, the human heart remains the same. We still grapple with fear, doubt, and uncertainty. We still long for meaning, connection, and belonging. And in the midst of it all, the ancient paths offer us a roadmap—a guiding light in the darkness, if you will.


Think about it—amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life, where do we turn for guidance? Social media? Self-help books? The latest TED Talks? While these sources can be valuable in their own right, there's something deeply grounding about tapping into the wisdom of generations past. It's like connecting with our roots, drawing strength from the stories of those who came before us.


Ancients Paths: Concluding Thoughts


So, what does Jeremiah 6:16 mean for us today? It's an invitation to pause, reflect, and reevaluate the direction of our lives. It's a reminder that wisdom isn't found in the latest trends or fads but in the timeless truths that have stood the test of time. It's a call to return to the ancient paths, to seek out the good way, and walk in it—not out of obligation, but out of a deep desire to show our love for God and our neighbors.


As we journey forward, let's take a page from Jeremiah's book and embrace the wisdom of the ages. Let's honor the ancient paths, cherish the good way, and have the courage to walk in it, one step at a time. Who knows? We might just discover that the greatest adventures of all begin with a single step down the path of wisdom.



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Greetings, I'm Trace!
I'm a retired counselor education professor who spent 35 years in the "helping professions." I'm a U.S. Air Force veteran who served as a Missile Launch Officer with I.C.B.M's during the Cold War (1980's). Today, I'm an "all-in" believer working full-time for our Lord Jesus Christ. I've included my personal testimony if you are interested. 
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