“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.” Jeremiah 6:16.
And they didn’t….
Somewhere along the way, the things that were the most important among God’s people, lost their original value……
It may have been the desire for progress, or that endless chase to be like others.
There is a key part of this that speaks to many of us even now.
“And ye shall find rest for your souls……”
More and more, we are expressing the joy in returning to the old hymns and songs we once sung. They bring a return to a depth in our spirit we once knew; such feeling, such blessing and a true sense of peace and worship.
Many have remarked, how we are waking this days, singing all these wonderful choruses.
When something new has not worked, it can often times be difficult to go back to what did.
Our problem with this could be, that we are thinking in terms of the world; in what men think.
There’s an old saying I learned from back in the time, when I was trying to recover from some mess I had made in my life.
It said simply, “if it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it.” I guess that may only apply to those of us with control issues.
We might as well deal with this word which we call “old.” It may be the last thing people want to be or to hear today.
It needs to be re-visited, that we learn a lot along this path we call life; we learn by trying things, and by making mistakes.
We like to blame a lot of changes, both good and bad, on today’s society. We all recognize the loss of importance in the elder population and their much needed contributions to our times.
Nobody stops to ask, just who allowed this to happen.
What “ways” was the Lord speaking to Jeremiah about here. It meant, in every way; in every place we are, and in every thing we do.
He was addressing God’s people and the things they were doing that were no longer about God, or loving Him.
The Word of the LORD spoke to this prophet, about the “briers and thorns” he was going to encounter for speaking this kind of message.
He went so far as to say, that even though he was among scorpions, he would have to declare what God said.
If we are listening, we are becoming keen in the Spirit, and what He is attempting to do right now.
Even right here. We know that something has to change, and it has to happen soon; for us, for our children and for the church as we know it.
I don’t know any other way to say this….
God has no intention for our age group to die, and everything we know and have learned about Him to go with us. It’s just not going to happen.
To those who are not in tune with what the Spirit is moving us to hear, this will sound out of step.
A true revival, is the move to return to basics; a step back to what once worked.
This is the kind of revival that God was talking through Jeremiah about.
We shouldn’t have to, but let’s ask what some of those old ways were.
Praying in the Spirit, fasting, seeking God with all of our hearts; staying on our faces until we got an answer.
I know that God gives a new song; I learned in studying Him that He has, will and is doing a new thing.
But He never in any way intended, that His people should give up their old way of loving Him and putting Him first. Christ spoke of us leaving our first love; to what did we go on to.
Arriving in the power and demonstration of the Holy Ghost is ole school. It is yet the right path. It was once the good way. And it still is.
~ Robert Blackburn