“This is what the Lord says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!” Jeremiah 6:16
Judah was in danger of destruction because she had strayed from the ancient paths of God’s righteousness. Yet though God urged her to walk in the good way where she would find rest, Judah refused. Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is: Even though they were in such a bad place, there was wisdom available for Judah. One place they would find wisdom was in the old paths – looking to their history and forefathers, to learn from what God had done in and through them before. The people have been urged to follow the ancient paths of God, which will be the best because they are tried and true. The ancient paths and the good way are the same; they are the way of repentance, reconciliation, fear, and love of God. Many despise the old paths. Perhaps they seem old fashioned or terribly un-cool. Yet there is wisdom – life saving wisdom – in the old paths of God’s word and work in days gone by.
Today we need to walk in the Old Paths. We need to return to the day when we had Bible Readings and prayer in the school. When I was in school we started our day with the Bible, prayer and pledge to the flag. I can never remember a shooting in the schools of our days. We need God back in our nation. I grew up in a small town in Alabama. We did not even have to lock our doors. We kids played outside and rode our bicycles all over town and no one was worried it, was safe in our town, it is not today.