As we have done in previous Lent and Advent seasons, we are again blogging our way through the Lenten Lectionary Texts. In this season, our prayer is that we will bless and inspire you in your walk between the Now and Not-Yet of the Kingdom. We pray that our meditations will be life-giving to you in your journey.
A reading from the Psalms.
You said to me, “I will point out the road that you should follow. I will be your teacher and watch over you. Don’t be stupid like horses and mules that must be led with ropes to make them obey.”
All kinds of troubles will strike the wicked, but your kindness shields those who trust you, LORD. And so your good people should celebrate and shout.
This is the Word of the Lord.
Over the past few months, I’ve been meditating on the idea of the Ancient Path. It all started in about October of last year when in my reading I read again the sixth chapter of Jeremiah and came across this verse:
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 souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” — Jeremiah 6:16 (NIV)
One of the things I’ve learned in discussing this verse (and others from the Old Testament that talk about the “way” or the “path”) is that in the Hebrew there’s an idea of the ancient path being the “path that God has already walked.”
Think about that.
The path that God has already walked.
There comes a point in each of our lives where we are faced with a decision to make. In those moments, we must seek out which is the right path. Which is the path that holds the way that enables us to further the Kingdom. Which is the path that God has already walked.
In yesterday’s post, I mentioned the principle of community development that says that God is already in the place to which He has called you. He’s already there—long before you get there. And He will remain there—long after you leave. Yet, remember, if He’s already there, that means He’s already walked the path to get there. He blazed the trail. And, now, He calls to you to walk along it.
Stand at the crossroads and look. Ask for the ancient path—the path that God has already walked. Walk down that path. And, there, you will find rest for your soul.
As you stand in the place between two decisions, ask God to show you the path which He has walked, and walk down it.
There is a peace that comes from knowing that you’re on the path that God has already walked. It’s a peace that says, “No matter what comes up, I know that God has already walked past it.” He’s already taken care of the briers and the sharp rocks and the fallen trees. He knows what’s on it. AND, can be trusted to help you walk down it. Trusted to show you the next step to take.
“By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.” — Psalm 119:105 (MSG)
As you walk down the path, with God’s Word leading you step-by-step there is an additional promise to remember. The prophet Isaiah reminds us that as we walk that there will be a voice BEHIND us saying “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21(NIV))
So, walk securely down the path that God has already walked. His Word guiding your steps. His Voice behind you whispering in your ear.