Ask for the Old Paths

          In the entertainment industry, nostalgia is big business. The Star Wars franchise began in 1977, was resurrected in the late ‘90s and again just a few years ago to huge profits. Netflix just announced this past week that it was developing a new She-Ra cartoon, originally a popular series in the 1980s. Big-screen adaptations of Transformers, G.I. Joe, and the like attract adults who were fans when they were much younger. The same is true in the music industry, with bands begging for fans to spend money on reunion tours and greatest hits albums.
          Spiritually, there is value in pursuing the pure, original doctrine of God. This was true under the old covenant, and it is still true today in this Christian age. The weeping prophet relayed this message from Jehovah to the people: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls” (Jeremiah 6:16).
          This principle holds true today. Following the example of first century Christians, we should “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42). The only way to do that is to know the apostles’ doctrine, to study the Word and walk in it.
          God can make us complete through His Word: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Again, the only way this can happen is to make an effort to know the Scriptures; God will not force it upon us.
          The importance of knowing God’s untarnished Word is also shown when we connect Romans 10:17 and Hebrews 11:6. Without a diligent, seeking faith—which is developed by hearing the Word—it is impossible to please God.
          Whatever new doctrine comes along, as Christians we must stand firm in the old ways of the apostles who were inspired by God. When someone tries to lead you astray, “ask for the old paths.”

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