“This is what the Lord says: Stand by the roadways and look. Ask about the ancient paths:Which is the way to what is good? Then take it and find rest for yourselves. But they protested: We won’t!”
Jeremiah 6:16 ESV
I remember as young man in boy scouts we were on a 100 mile hike through the Gila forest in New Mexico. Our scout master was Mr. Barber and he was leading a group of about 30 young men through this rugged forest. The amazing thing about our scoutmaster was that he was blind. How was this scout master who was blind going to lead us through the rugged terrain of the Gila forest? It took us an entire week hiking 20 miles a day to make it through that forest but we made it. I remember when we would come to a place where the path had a fork in the road he would ask someone about a certain tree or a certain log and according to the description he would tell us what direction to take. I often asked him where the other path led too and he would always say the same thing, “Not to where were going.” As I look back there are two great lessons that I learned from Mr. Barber:
1. Even a blind man can make it to his destination as long as he stays on the path
2. Not all paths lead to the same place
There are many in this world today that have no sense of direction in their lives, even many Christians and God fearing men and women who seem lost. It is as if they have wandered of the beaten path and are trying to find their own direction their own destination in this life. Being lost is a terrible feeling, I have been lost and I know the fear that can grip your heart. The greatest danger in being lost is growing so tired of trying find your way that you give up and die. It can be so hard and discouraging to walk where their is no path, progress is slow and frustrating all your energy is consumed in such a short distance. And when you come to the place of many paths fear will consume you because you are not sure which will lead you to where you really want to go. Who wants to spend their entire life traveling a path that leads them to somewhere they did not want to go?
Though it may seem like there are many paths in this life in reality their are only two. The path that leads to life and the path that leads to destruction. Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” We are living in a time and age when everyone wants to find their own way. Everyone is looking for the easy way, the quick buck, overnight success, easy faith and religion. There are so many quick fix schemes and overnight success remedies out their today but statistics will show you that the majority who have chosen these routes lose practically everything and end up in a worse condition. Likewise with faith and serving God. There are false prophets and false teachers who proclaim they know God and the Kingdom of God and lead their followers on a life of easy faith and religion never pointing them to the mandates of the scriptures. They never preach to them the full counsel of God and they lead them on path that in the end does not give them the rest, the fulfilment, the peace that their soul really longs for. They empty the wallets of their followers and massage the conscious of there minds but never lead them to the path of eternal life.
THE ANCIENT PATH
The ancient path is the good path because it is the path that is prov-en, it is the path that has led many to the destination they were seeking. It may be old, it may not look to exciting, it may look run down a little but it is a good path because it is a proven path. The ancient path will get you to where you really want to be. It may not be the shortest path, it may not be the fastest path but it wil always be the safest, surest path their is. The reality is that the Ancient Path is the path of divine destiny.
NETIVOT OLAM PATH OF DESTINY
Netivot Olam is the Hebrew for Ancient Paths. It was a cry by the lamenting prophet Jeremiah to seek the ways of their forefathers, the ways of biblical truth. A way that not only pointed to the past established principals and precepts of God’s word but pointed to a path that led to the future. A path that would lead us into the promises and blessing of His covenant. Jeremiah was telling his countryman that only the ancient path would lead into the glory and presence of God. Here is the revelation in all this; we cannot change the path of destiny without running the risk of changing our destiny. The bible teaches us that we are predestined for God’s purpose. Paul said, “…predestined according to the purpose of the one who works everything out in agreement with the decision of His will.” What does this mean? It means that God has already chosen a divine path for my life and my job is to align myself on that path. God had already chosen the path Israel was to take, they were supposed to be a holy, separated, God fearing nation but they chose a different path and because of this many of them never lived a life that fulfilled their divine destiny or purpose. In simple mathematics in means wrong path equals wrong destiny.
PATH OF REST
What do I do if I am lost if I find myself on the wrong path? What do I do when I feel like I have no direction in my life, in my ministry, in my family in my calling? What do I do when I am tired of wandering in my destiny with no sense of purpose and direction? What do I do when I am just tired? The prophet says stop moving and just stand, ask God which is the good path? I believe it was the Psalmist who said, “Stand still and know that I am God”. Experts say the best thing to do when your lost is to stop and let the resuers find you. Sometimes when were lost the best thing to do is to stop and let rescue us. Many times we have no idea where we are at, but God always knows where we are. I think if we would just stop and ask Him to tell us where we are and where He wants us to go, He would show us the good ancient path of divine destingy and we would find rest for our souls, we would find confidence in our ministries and we would find assurance in our destinies. In a world that does not stop, a world that is in constant motion 24 hours a day 7 day a week a world constantly on the go God can give us rest. Jesus Christ said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
STORY OF DESTINY
There was man who was fascinated by the history of war and in-particular the greatest generals of the world. Time passed and the man died and upon entering heaven he asked God who was the greatest general of all time? God simply pointed to a man sitting across from them. The man said this could not be because he knew this man. He said this man used to be our high school janitor. God simply replied yes but if he would have become a general he would have been the greatest general the world had ever known. -Author Unknown
The question is simple. Are you on the right path? Is the path your on the path of God ordained divine destiny?
© 2007 Apostolic Messenger Minister Daniel Bracamonte