The Holy Spirit has been drawing me to this topic of “holding fast” to the “landmark” truths that solidify our faith and walk with God. Timeless and eternal truths that do not change with cultural changes nor with the changing of the times.
I have been brought back to an old testament scripture found in Jeremiah 6:16. “Thus says the Lord, ‘Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths. Where the good way is, and walk in it; and you shall find rest for you souls.’ But they said, ‘we will not walk in it.’”
I wondered what the Lord meant by “the ancient paths”. When I looked up the Hebrew word for “ancient”, I found that the word is “Olam”. Some of the meanings of this Hebrew word are: old, concealed, hidden, perpetual, eternal, timeless, from eternity. When I thought of the words “from eternity”, I remembered how much the scriptures reveal that everything on earth is patterned after things in heaven. The things on earth are really just types and shadows of things in heaven. God’s ways are heavenly, eternal, and timeless.
When God created Adam and Eve, He made them in his own image and established within them His ways: supernatural, timeless, from eternity. These were ways of thinking, ways of speaking, ways of behaving and relating to one another. Since man chose to sin he has departed farther and farther from these ways. Today we don’t even recognize what “these ways” are anymore, so we couldn't return to them if we wanted to do so.
God’s ways are “good ways”, which means that they are pleasant, agreeable, happy, well-off, prosperous, great, excellent, cheerful, merry, distinguished. These are characteristics as a result of walking in the ancient paths of God. This scripture also says that when you walk in these paths, you will find rest for your soul.
Why do so many people have such little rest and peace on the inside? Why is life such a constant struggle for so many? Why is there such continual torment on the inside for so many people? God never intended for us to live this way.
When God made man in His own image He programmed him with His own ways. But man has departed farther and farther from the original ways of God. Even after sin entered the world, man still lived 900 years. By the time of Noah the life span declined to about 600 years, while in Moses day men lived only 120 years. Today the average life span is only about 80 years. The farther away from the original ways of God man has departed, the shorter the life span has become, and the more complicated he has made his own life. It’s time we ask, “what are the ancient paths?”