Jeremiah 6:16 “Thus saith the LORD, 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.”
Every child has a perception of their parents growing up.
For some, Dad was their hero. Others, a cold, distant figure. Still others, the cause of hurtful wounds or even worse – absent altogether.
Moms are those who typically held it all together for the sake of family. No matter how Dad acted or reacted, you could count on Mom.
As we grew, our perceptions changed. The pedastal became weak and fell. They may have stepped of that white horse they rode in on. We saw their humanity and had to make a choice. The hero was tarnished, the crown had tilted and we looked elsewhere for someone to follow.
But somewhere along the way, they regained favor. The words of wisdom that had been told to us in the past was now ringing true. Dad, who didn’t know anything in my teen years, suddenly became wise overnight. Whether it was buying a home, fixing the toilet, or buying a car; Dad stepped in and displayed wisdom we hadn’t previously recognized.
We are that way with God sometimes…
Salvation brings a whole new perspective on life and we are overjoyed at the promise of Heaven, the cleansing of our soul and the recognized presence of the Holy Spirit. Then trials come.
Some are easier than others, but then there is that one that fells as if we’ve been punched in the gut, bending over, trying to regain our breath. “Why God?” escapes our mouth and we question the very God of Heaven as to why He would allow such a thing into our life?
It is then when this very verse reminds me where to turn when I do not understand; when things are so ‘caddy-wompus’.
Throughout the course of time, men and women have stood in the same place we all share. How do I know?
1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
History can teach us so much if we would but look and listen.
Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, ruled after he died. He had a wonderful opportunity to gather the people unto himself by lightening their load. Had he listened to the old men, he may very well have ruled all of Israel. But he forsook their counsel and listened to his friends; his peers.
They say that the only thing we truly learn from history is that we don’t learn from history.
God tells us that the old paths are where we are to look. The old ways are where we are to follow. I have heard many a preacher say;
“If it is true, it’s not new; and if it’s new, it’s not true.”
You may argue that for either side, but Gods Word tells us where to look. What has been established of old – that is where to look. What is tried and true; tested over time.
Youth rejects much of the counsel it is given but often returns to it when the trials come.
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
It is the prayer of every parent that their adult children remember their training when it comes time to put it into practice. Their is no sure method or plan other than God’s for our children to ‘turn out’.
Far too often, we measure that statement against our expectations and not the will of God. We all had to ‘find our way’ in this world. But, the training and teaching in our youth is what any of us carry throughout our lives.
There is so much wisdom forsaken when we fail to look back. Even when it is the failures of others we see. I know that I have learned lessons by watching how others handle their failures more than the victory lap taken by the winner.
There are two men whose detail of their life reveals good choices throughout – Joshua and Joseph. Each had trials enough. Each had choices to make. Each had opposition and had to stand against the majority.
Joshua needed courage. Joseph could have been bitter. They each, overcame their personal challenges to be true overcomers.
Much of the chaos we see in the world shocks us with the violence, the rebellion, and the rise of wickedness. But it shouldn’t surprise us.
God said it would happen. You can only see or have such a perspective when you look through God’s eyes – in God’s Word. It’s all there.
Today, don’t let the trials, tribulations, and worldly pressures take your eyes off of the goal. As a child of God, Heaven is my home and nothing can stop me from going. The ‘when’ is up to Him. The ‘how’ of my life is up to me. When I take the lessons of the past into the future with me, God promises rest for my soul.
Take Him up on His offer…
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”