Remember the Right Paths

by APC on March 02, 2016

We’re still a little over a month and a half away from the first day of Spring. With the cold weather penetrating our bones, our thoughts tend to lend toward Spring and warmer weather. With the coming season we may in fact begin to think about our uneventful Spring cleaning…

Episodes of Spring cleaning have a tendency to lead us down memory lane—retracing steps in our minds for how we acquired something, when a picture was taken, and why a note was written. Remembering itself is a two-sided coin. Our memory lane might be glossed with pleasant recollections and emotions that bring a smile to our face, and others make memory lane more like a nostalgia nightmare. Our impending memories influence our decision to either purge or keep.

As humans we need to be careful which memory lane we meander down from time to time. There are good roads and bad roads.

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:18–19, KJV).

God tells us to avoid thinking about those unpleasant memories. We should never dwell on the past or our mistakes. Too much of our time is taken thinking about what could have been. We waste precious time that could be utilized in thinking about His Kingdom! Jesus desires that we look toward the future and consider the new work that He will make in our life, the doors He will open, and the opportunities that will presented to us!

Satan tries to influence God’s children to drive by way of the rear view mirror. But, God wants us to look forward and follow the plan He has for our life (Jeremiah 29:11). We need to be careful not to spend time marching down the same roads we’ve already trodden. We might miss out on a blessing that will become a future heart-warming memory for us and for future generations.

But, just as we are to avoid a few roads, there are others we should make sure we traverse down again and again.

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls… (Jeremiah 6:16, KJV).

We need to revisit—on a daily basis—the old paths wherein our faith and doctrine were founded. We must never forget the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. We must never forget the covenant promises made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that are available to us in this very hour.

We cannot throw out, or purge the infallible Word of God as it was written years ago. The truths still apply to us today, and the God we serve is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). We need to remember those paths and seek them out! God’s Word needs to be a hope chest full of good memories that we pull down again and again and never find anything to dispose!

There are so many avenues our mind will take when we allow it to wander. We can keep on the strait and narrow path (Matthew 7:14)—even in our minds—and keep “off the grass” in a sense. Don’t forget to remember the old paths and look forward to the new ones with Jesus.