“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 soul.”
There is a friend of mine whose life has been all about keeping up with the latest fads and trends.
He works in a field where his interest is in whatever is current, following whatever the hip people are doing,
in tune with whatever had just come on the market. He rejects everything else as outdated, and he finds little
value in antiques or things of a historical nature.
If it isn’t brand new he isn’t interested.
God has ordained the universe to function in such a way that all things rotate in cycles such as the seasons,
and all things come full circle in the natural realm. It is also true in regard to whatever human hands have
made such as in the fashion field, or the automotive industry, or the culinary field. New ideas are the
reworking of old ones. History repeats itself.
The greatest of generals have traditionally learned from history and they adapt so that victory can be won in
the face of defeat. On a personal level people learn from their own mistakes and become wiser and more
mature in their decision making. In some cultures such as can be found in Japan they highly honor their
elders, knowing that wisdom can be gleaned from years of experience.
There are so many times in our lives when we face another a crossroad, not knowing in which direction we
should go. We want to make the right choice because it may greatly affect our future. Jeremiah exhorts us
to look for the ancient paths, to take a glance back at things which have been tried and proven. What better
way than to search the sacred Scriptures and see what has been successful for the people of faith through
the ages? No person in Biblical history was perfect. Far from it. Moses had a speech impediment and yet
he was called to lead a host of people. God kept telling Joshua to be strong and courageous because
Joshua felt he was neither. David was in and out of trouble his whole life, yet he surrendered his will to God
every time and mighty things were accomplished through his leadership.
Jesus said “I am the Way.” That should be good enough for us. New things are fun and exciting and there’s
nothing wrong with them, but we don’t have to chase after them hoping they will fulfill all our needs.
They’re only temporary and will run their course soon enough. A glance toward our Savior is where we will
find rest for our souls. He has been there all along; in our past, in our present, and in our future.
When we arise each new day, in a sense it’s another crossroad. We reflect on how the Lord has blessed us
as Jeremiah exhorted, and then we look forward to what God will do,
not for us but through us. The rest will turn out just fine.