The Ancient Way

Which way do we choose when we come to a fork in the trail? We have a map that instructs us to follow the right way–but it looks hard and narrow.

Why take this narrow trail when it is logical to pick the easier route?

At the trailhead, two signposts promise fulfillment. One way is clearly mapped and marked Ancient Path, but it is used by “few.” The wider path meanders the same direction and leads along a panoramic boot-worn trail.

Aching feet and heavy backpacks tempt us to take this wider, easier path–but what we cannot see are the switchbacks ahead that wear us out. We will trip on the same roots again and again because the wider path snakes in confusing circles.

It’s best to take the Ancient Path. That Way appears rough, but it’s straight and safe. God lovingly charted every step of our journey–before we were born.

His instruction?

Look. Ask. Walk. Rest.

Look: Study the map (God’s word).

Ask: Accept counsel.

Walk: Advance confidently.

Rest: Pace ourselves wisely.

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… (Jer. 6:16)

He [God] refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. (Psa. 23:3)


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