Stand ye in the Ways
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.”
Jeremiah was called to a time, like ours, where much religion was going on; but very little obedience to God. They had all the outward trappings, but none of the devotion to God and His commandments.
Under King Josiah, who was a godly king; Jeremiah was given the job of going about Judah and instructing the people in the laws of God.
Many did not want to hear, for they had been influenced by the idolatrous nations round about them; and refused subjection to the Lord, although they went along with the outward ceremony.
“For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living water, and hewed them our cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”
Then he was told to go to Jerusalem and preach there…telling the people what God would do, if they would repent and turn back in obedience to Him.
He would forgive and help them:
Jeremiah 7:5-7″For if ye thoroughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbor;
If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt:
Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.”
For what God wanted of His people was that they obey His commands.
“Stand ye in the ways”. In the Hebrew it means “Get up and do it”
Start actively seeking My ways. If you just do this seeking, you are serving your God and honoring Him. This I will count, and will honor you in return.
And ask for the old paths: The path which leads you to straighten out your life, and the path of obedience to His Word.
God has made a way to return to Him…..take it.
How was it with those who came before us? Who martyred their lives for God and his gospel? From the apostles to our forefathers?
How did they attain to what they had?
Through the Word of God to them.
We must seek out the truth of the Scriptures for ourselves: What does it say to us?
For now? For our calling and ministry?
As Jeremiah said to Judah:
Jeremiah 7:23 “But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.”
Obey My voice….and I will be your God….and ye shall be My people.
Jesus said the same thing when He was talking to His disciples, before He went to the cross.
John 15:10″ If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.”
His disciples did, and they stirred the whole world.
If we get out life in order before Him, and honor Him in this; and He will honor our obedience, in our everyday life.
God speaks through His Word: Hear Him, and return to the ways of peace, knowing His presence with you, and for you everyday.