For Friday morning devotions Victor and I discussed Jer 6:16 and ask for the old paths.
–For from the least of them even to the greatest of them, everyone is given to covetousness (to greed for unjust gain); and from the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely.
They have healed also the wound of the daughter of My people lightly and neglectfully, saying, Peace, peace, when there is no peace.
Were they brought to shame because they had committed abominations (extremely disgusting and vile things)? No, they were not at all ashamed, nor could they blush [at their idolatry]. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time that I punish them they shall be overthrown, says the Lord.
Thus says the Lord: Stand by the roads and look; and ask for the eternal paths, where the good, old way is; then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk in it (Jer 6:13-16 AMP).
Is this not the state of modern Christianity. They are given to the Western liftstyle of coventousness. New cars, bigger and better homes, holidays, going into debt for luxuries — while they neglect the lost and even their own soul.
The preachers heal the hurt of the people slightly by teaching a superficial gospel that doesn’t demand surrender, obedience, and selfless living. They speak peace, peace to the people where the peace of God can not be.
What does the Lord say about this — stand by the roads and look for the good old way and when you find it walk in it and their you will find rest for you soul.
God is calling us to search out the old paths. To gather up the framents that have left to us by the fathers of faith.
He is calling us to return to the good old ways of seeking the Lord. The selfless life of cross bearing, to a life of full obedience to all the Word of God, and to labor in the Spirit for the meat that perisheth not.
To forsake playing for prayer, religion for righteousness, organizing for agonizing, selfishness for self-denial, and feasting for fasting.
We must not look at others as this will not start with others but it much start with you, with me.