Stand in the Ways

Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; Nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time I punish them, they shall be cast down,” says the LORD. Thus says the LORD: “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. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ – Jeremiah 6:15-16.

What is wrong with our world? I believe the immorality that we are seeing that is so abundant everywhere is a result of being on the wrong path. Somewhere along the way, we have gotten off course. When I was growing up, I was in a nominally Christian family. However, I have learned I have ancestors who were very devoted to the Lord.

Somewhere along the way the children of the devout have gotten off course and it has affected their children and their children’s children and on and on. It will continue to have a negative impact upon our lives, unless, we do what? Unless we “Stand in the ways.” Stop going down the wrong path. “Ask for the old paths.” Ask the Lord to help us to find the right path for our lives and to give us the power to live godly lives as many of our ancestors once did.

In our local newspapers, they usually have a report of those who have been arrested for various offenses. Sadly, I now see many familiar names not just of former clients but even more sad is the names of their children. Talking to law enforcement, they tell me the same thing that it is now the children and grandchildren of those they used to arrest that are now in trouble.

Just because your father or grandfather walked down the wrong path with their lives does not mean that you have to do the same. A godly heritage can begin with your life. You can be the one that stands in the ways of the Lord, living your life for Him. You can be the one who establishes a new family tradition, a tradition of uprightness, a tradition that will bring countless blessings upon you and your descendants. Blaze a trail for your children, grandchildren and all your descendants to follow. Mark that trail well with your actions, along with your verbal and written testimony. It will make an eternal difference for those who follow the trail you have blazed. Stand in the ways!

(Immorality is rampant across our world with no end in sight. The immorality appears to be rapidly increasing and not decreasing. It could, however, be changed. It could stand if we were to decide to follow the ways of the Lord instead of the ways of the world.)

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