When I was eight years old, my grandmother contacted my parents and asked if we would move in with her. Her first husband had died of a wasp sting when my mother was only twelve. My grandmother had married again, and her second husband died of heart problems. After his death, she was unable to take care of the house they had purchased, and so she asked for our help. We moved from our apartment to live there with my grandmother. What a great privilege for a young boy to live with a grandmother who loved to tell stories of the past.
My grandmother was born in 1902 and remembered the first car, etc. I would sit for hours listening to her stories of the past. One of my favorite things was to hear stories about her first husband, my grandfather. I never met him but had heard of his reputation for being a godly man and a man who was always whistling or singing. I loved to hear the stories about how they raised their eight children based on the Word of God. My grandfather was not saved until he was twenty-five, and he lived only another twenty-five years before dying of a wasp sting.
Today I read, “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’” (Jeremiah 6:16). When I read this verse, there were two things that really hit my heart like a sledge-hammer. First was the admonition from God Himself to ask for the old paths. I think that these “old paths” are the paths that God wants us to seek today. I know there are a bunch of “new” idea’s and philosophies that are floating around our churches today, but I believe God would still encourage us to look for the “old paths.” Instead of trying to figure out what new spiritual trend to follow, I think we all need to get back to the old paths of reading our Bibles; believing what it says; and then obeying what we have read without questions.
The second thing that struck my heart in this verse is that last phrase … “But they said, ‘We will not walk therein.’” Who do we think we are to argue with God? Why are we so brazen and so often thinking that we know better than God? I don’t have the answer to these questions, but I do know that I struggle with this every day in my surrender of my will to the will of my Heavenly Father. It is a constant struggle, but one worthy of fighting! I want to surrender my entire will to the will of my Father today. I want Him to control my life today and every day I have left to live!