In 2018, I was privileged to walk on the Ridgeway in Didcot. The Ridgeway is said to be an ancient path that was used by travellers and traders dating about 5000 years. The experience of walking the path was quite special, especially knowing that thousands of people may have walked the same path for centuries.
In the book of Jeremiah, the Lord said to his people, “…Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls…” Jeremiah 6:16
We live in an ever-changing world of new ideas, new inventions, and new ways of doing things. A world where advances in technology could easily make yesterday’s brilliant ideas obsolete. A world where we are encouraged to get with the times or be left behind; and in many ways, this has its benefits as well as its challenges.
Unlike the Ridgeway, the ancient paths being referred to in the book of Jeremiah is the unchanging Word of God and His truth. In an ever-changing world, the Word of God must remain constant in our lives if we are to walk the path that leads to God (the Ancient of Days).
Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). We are also reminded in Isaiah of the unchanging Word of God, when he said, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” Isaiah 40:8.
As believers, we are encouraged that as often as we walk the ancient paths, we will find rest for our souls (Jeremiah 6:16). Therefore, if you are feeling weary or perhaps lost in the busyness of life, why not turn to that ancient path, and find rest for your soul today.