"Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:21

The Old Paths

It is the last day of a year; tomorrow is the first day of a new year. The saying goes, “Out with the old, in with the new.” In a world that is ever fascinated with the newest, the latest and greatest, and the cutting edge, I would like to challenge you on this New Years Eve to go looking for something old – the old, Biblical paths of the Lord that bring rest to your souls.

Jeremiah 6:16 says, "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."

In the old paths “is the good way.” In John 14:6, Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." There are not MANY WAYS to God, but ONE WAY, and that ONE WAY is Jesus Christ. A walk on the old paths centers around a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ – a relationship that starts when you acknowledge that you are a sinner, and repenting of your sin, receive His free gift of salvation.

The old paths require you to “see” and “ask” and “walk therein.” It doesn’t happen by osmosis, but by desiring and seeking for the Lord. This seeking and asking and walking with the Lord becomes a simple habit, a lifestyle that centers around fellowship with a personal, loving God Who created you and knows what is best for you.

In the old paths, you will find rest for your soul. There is no peace in finding your own way, or in “adding God” to your plan. There is no peace in working for your salvation or trying aimlessly to please an impersonal god. But in the old paths, it isn’t about you, but Christ IN you (Colossians 1:27), indwelling you and empowering you to have victory over the flesh. It is by yielding to Him that we have rest, and victory, and peace.

As you look to the wonderful new opportunities that the new year brings, don’t forsake the old paths. If you don’t have a relationship with Christ, quit trying to do it on your own, and simply accept Christ as your Saviour today. Then seek Him and walk in Him, yielding to the power of the indwelling Christ to give you rest for your soul.