Father’s Day is a wonderful time to remember the blessings brought by all Fathers Who Seek the Ancient Paths. Men of God who seek to follow God’s paths are a blessing to their families, friends, and every person they touch in their life on this earth.
Men of God who boldly show their love of their own Heavenly and earthly Fathers, set an example and reflect the very nature of God. Fathers who seek the ancient paths, the ones established long ago by God, are men willing to make sacrifices and to put off worldly ways in order to teach their children the true paths of God. Jeremiah 6:16 speaks of the ancient paths.
Here is what Adonai says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask about the ancient paths,
‘Which one is the good way?’
Take it, and you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not take it.’
Jeremiah, a prophet to Israel, was sent by God to deliver a message of doom to the nation because they had turned away from God’s paths of righteousness. Sin and rebellion abounded. Jeremiah was a young man when God gave him this difficult task. Some have referred to him as the ‘weeping prophet.’
Jeremiah’s father, Hilkiah, was a Jewish priest. Jeremiah had been raised knowing what the ancient paths were and what it meant to have a Father who was seeking the ancient paths.
Biblical Definition of a Father
A father is, of course, a parent. The Bible gives us guidance as to the role of Fathers and Mothers in their children’s lives and toward each other. Both Father and Mother have a responsibility to reflect God’s love and to be examples in living out Kingdom Standards. The ancient paths are the way to live in the Kingdom.
Bible Verses About Father’s Love
Genesis 18:19 ESV, “For I have chosen[a] him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”
Psalm 128:3-4 ESV, “Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. 4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord.“
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ESV, “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.“
Ephesians 6:4 ESV, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.“
Proverbs 3:11-12 ESV, “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, 12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.”
1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 ESV, “For you know how, like a father with his children, 12 we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.“
Psalm 103:13 ESV, “As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.“
These verses delineate many of the ancient paths. In Genesis 18, Fathers teach their children to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice. They are living examples and also guides to their children as they seek the ancient paths.
In Psalm 128, the father who seeks the ancient path of fearing the Lord, we have a fruitful family.
Deuteronomy 6 tells us that another way to seek the ancient paths is through keeping God’s words in our hearts, teaching them to our children, talking about them at home and when you are out doing things together. We do the same when we go to sleep and when we get up. We bind God’s words to our hands, have them in front of us and write them on the doorposts of our homes.
Ephesians 6 tells fathers of the value of seeking the ancient paths. It involves bringing your children up in the discipline and instruction of God while refraining from provoking them and causing anger.
Proverbs 3 tells fathers to imitate God. God reproves those who love Him. The example is the loving reproof of a father toward a son he delights in.
In 1 Thessalonians Paul shows how to seek another truth on the ancient paths. A father exhorts, encourages, and charges his children to walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls them into His kingdom.
Psalm 103 puts us on the ancient path of God’s compassion toward us as our loving Father.
What Does ANcient paths Mean in the Bible?
Have you ever gone hiking in a place where the underbrush was heavy? You fought through, high-stepping over weeds and brush only to finally come across a well-worn path. It’s such a relief because you can relax, walk easily, and enjoy your surroundings. While the path may not be ancient, it is obvious and restful. As Fathers, you may well have to struggle through some weeds to discover the ancient paths
In Old Testament times, people walked everywhere. Once a path between two places was established, it was a blessing and guide to many generations. In the same way, God created pathways for us to walk which created safety, peace, and guidance in our lives. We are to seek those ancient paths established by God.
What ANcient Paths are not
In the Bible, an ancient path indicates something good. It leads to the correct destination. The ancient paths are deeply embedded giving confidence as we travel through this world toward the Promised Land.
Ancient does not mean out-of-date, antiquated, the good old days, or useless. In the Bible, it means eternal and unchanging. There are certain things that are true for everyone for eternity. For instance, the human need for love, recognition, hope, and peace.
The idea of an ‘ancient path’ is that of a way of life established by God before the world began. So, Fathers who wisely seek the ancient paths, are men who understand how to maintain a solid foundation in their lives and those of their spouses and children.
What Does the BIble Say About Crossroads?
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask about the ancient paths,
‘Which one is the good way?’
Everyone encounters crossroads in their lives and, perhaps, in their travels. Have you ever come to an intersection (crossroad) and made the wrong turn? Finally, you were forced to stop and ask for correct directions. You were on the wrong path and had to ask which way was the good way.
Crossroads happen in our lives as we are faced with decisions about how to live and how to remain in God’s will. Google search defines crossroads as, “ a point at which a crucial decision must be made that will have far-reaching consequences. “we stand again at a historic crossroads“
Christians come to spiritual crossroads. While the Word of God clearly outlines the kingdom standards we are to live by, we can become confused or tempted by the world. The answers can be found in prayer, the Word, and following the Holy Spirit who always leads you to the ancient paths.
Crossroads in Life
We also come to crossroads regarding job changes, moving and other impacting life decisions. The Father who is seeking the ancient path for his family, will pray and talk with his spouse before making any of these decisions. The two of you need to find agreement and peace with God about your decisions.
The Bible may not tell you where to live or work. God may seem to be silent. Those are not the only markers of a correct or incorrect decision. Peace and agreement are two huge ones. If your kids are old enough to be impacted, you need to talk with them also. Get advice from a trusted and godly friend or two.
Why Should Fathers Today seek the Ancient Paths?
Our primary verse in Jeremiah gives you the answer to this question. “Which one is the good way? Take it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Whenever you are seeking the ancient paths, you will have ‘rest’ or peace in your soul.
Will it be easy? Probably not. Jesus gave us more insight on seeking and walking on this ancient path.
“Go in through the narrow gate; for the gate that leads to destruction is wide and the road broad, and many travel it; 14 but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 CJB
First, He tells us that the gate to even get on the ancient path is narrow. Then He says that it’s a hard road but it leads to life and only a few find it. The word ‘hard’ means pressed upon; to make narrow by pressure.’ The word ‘life’ means physical and spiritual existence, particularly spiritual existence. The gate and the road are narrow and press upon you. In relative terms, only a few will find it but, for those who do, eternal life will be found through constantly seeking the ancient paths.
The ancient path is uncomfortable. It’s hard and narrow. Being on that path does not mean all hardships are erased. It means just the opposite. It also means that God will be with you.
Stop And Ask which Way to Go
When you come to a crossroads on that ancient and narrow path, you need to stop and ask which way is the good way to go. The last step though, might be the hardest. You have to agree to take the good path. Noice that the people in Jeremiah’s time made a different choice, “But they said, we will not take it.”
Their result was that they were now facing death and destruction because they refused to stay on the ancient, good path. Perhaps it is now easier to see why Fathers who see the ancient path are so important. But they must seek it, stay on it, and always ask when they come to a crossroad. Once God tells them which way to go, they must obey.
Father’s Day Bible Verses
Fathers who seek the ancient paths can turn to the Word of God for assurance and strength. Father’s Day is the perfect time to be inspired by the Word. If you are a father, rejoice in the Word. If you are a sister, cousin, wife, mother, or father of a Father seeking the ancient paths, give them a gift of the Word.
At the end of this article, you will find a link to some Scripture cards just for Fathers. The cards can be printed on paper or card stock and then cut apart so that you can take them with you, put them on a cork board near your desk, or wherever you want.
Seek the Ancient Paths
Seeking the ancient paths is the responsibility of every Christian. Followers of Christ are responsible for their own obedience to the Kingdom standards. Thankfully for all of us, perfection is not required! There is also no condemnation if we stumble or fall. Our loving Heavenly Father is eternally patient and kind.
If your heart is truly His, He will help you throughout your life as you grow in the likeness of Christ and you will desire to seek the ancient paths. Even Paul said he had not yet achieved:
“I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose for which Christ Jesus laid hold of me to make me his own. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14 TPT
Paul never gave up. Every Father seeking the ancient paths will have to make multiple decisions along the way and must persevere. Remember, the path is hard, narrow, pressures you, and few find it. You will have to decide to walk on the ancient paths.
As you do, you will reap the rewards of a deeper and deeper relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Be blessed as you pursue this amazing path God has set out for you.
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