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January 24 – Ask for the ancient paths 

“Thus says the LORD: Stand by the roads and look, and ask for the ancient paths…”Jeremiah 6:16 

Scripture reading: Jeremiah 6:1-30

Before the age of GPS (Global Positioning System), when people traveled, they often found their way by familiar markers along the way. Head north until you get to Vandersmithsma’s dairy farm and then turn right; drive on till you cross the bridge over the little creek and it will be the second place on the left. You’ll notice the green mailbox at the end of the driveway. 

The travel of life requires familiar markers, landmarks. There may be times where we are not sure where we are—was it left or, was it right. And then the landmark reminds us. It helps us get our bearings and ensures we are heading in the right direction.

Jeremiah preached in an age where the Old Testament church no longer held to the landmarks given by the LORD. They refused to look to the ancient paths. We live in a similar age where God’s given landmarks are rejected.    

When you come to the crossroads, as you will many times this year, where will you turn? Will you ask for direction? Will you seek the ancient path prepared by the blood of Jesus Christ? Jesus is God’s Positional Sacrifice, Who is the way. The markers found in God’s Word and the Sacraments all point us to Christ.

Suggestions for prayer

Ask the LORD for the grace to seek the ancient paths. 

Rev. Peter Vellenga is presently serving as itinerant preacher waiting upon Lord for continued assignment.


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