“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. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.'” (Jeremiah 6:16)
The context of the preceding verse is the imminent destruction of Jerusalem during the lifetime of Jeremiah due to the sins of the people. God sent Jeremiah and other prophets to call people to repent, to turn back to God, and to live according to God’s ways. But just like in the Garden of Eden, the people chose to believe the serpent. They believed a lie and the father of lies, the devil. They thought they knew better than God. They thought they’d be just fine without God at the helm of their lives and as the anchor of their souls.
God was gracious to send prophets like Jeremiah and others to speak forth the words of God. To do what? To plead with people to “ask for the ancient paths.” That is, to seek wisdom, to obey God. And to do what when those ancients paths are revealed? To walk in them. To apply that theology. And what will come if people walk in wisdom? Rest for their souls.
But if there’s one characteristic of the fallen human heart it is this: obstinacy. “We will not walk in it,” (Jeremiah 6:16b). That’s fallen man’s posture. The shaking of the fist in the face of God and gritting of the teeth and rebelling.
And so when you see leftist cities overrun with crime, when you see godless governments go from working for the people to canceling people, seizing their assets, and incarcerating them, you should not be surprised. It’s symptomatic of spiritual rebels screaming, “We will not walk in it.”
I have to laugh when I see biological men compete as women and then naturally dominate the sporting events. Why complain? You said there was no difference between men and women, right? Non-binary, you said.
When you defund police and then watch as your cities degenerate into Thugville, why complain? You got what you asked for. “We will not walk in it.” That’s your mantra. Behold, the fruit of thy ways.
It’s an old story but one which most refuse to learn. And so the headlines and obituaries and persecutions and cancellations continue. The state grows bigger; governments squash the individual because the individual will not govern himself.
Obstinacy against wisdom, against the ancient path, against God, has consequences. But most refuse to listen.
And when it comes to your doorstep, it’ll be too late.
Meanwhile the prophets have been canceled or worse. Because the people chose obstinacy and now they are reaping their rewards in full. Lord, have mercy. We have lost our way. Obstinacy vs. redemption via the gospel. We are reaping the whirlwind.
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God bless America, please. I need to say, just because I need to say, yesterday morning one of Cornelia’s cousins slipped into eternity. He was a Godly man , one that I thank God for allowing our lives to intersect. His family will miss him, all the while rejoicing, and being just a bit envious that he is free of pain and at the feet of our Savior. The world has one less righteous man. Thank you Jon for your words.
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Thank you, Mr. Henry. We are lifting you guys up in prayer. Hold the line.
Pastor Jon…..The world has NOT gone nuts….God’s premier creation (that would be MAN) has GONE NUTS… fallen to new depths of initquity! There is NO HARMONY… between nations, between political parties, between faiths, between people of different skin colors (are you kidding me!), between sport teams, and yeah even spouses…not to leave anyone out. You get my point.
But wait! What about the rest of creation? After I watched the news to day and became depressed, I turned off the TV, and watch the birds in the back yard for an hour or so. ALL THE DIFFERENT BIRD SPECIES WERE GETTING ALONG JUST FINE …..sharing the bird feeders, the water wholes, the bird houses…. They were living their lives in HARMONY. Imagine that! I presume the rest of the creatures are in step with the birds…sharing their habitat with their SIMPLE NEEDS!
Conclusion…we are to smart and to needy… we got it all figured out ….wrongly! LET’s learn a little compassion from the rest of God’s creation. Take a look at it. It’s quite amazing! There…I got that off my chest!
Thanks, Jim. Appreciate your feedback. Yup, man has “gone nuts.” Exactly.