Not All Paths Lead To God

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.’ Also, I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen’
— Jeremiah 6:16-18 NKJV

Our Father is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8). From a scriptural standpoint, we understand that He is the beginning and the end; there is no one like Him. However, He is eternal; He has no beginning and no end. But in order to help us comprehend a little of His depth, width, and height, our Father has referred to Himself as the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. This by no means implies that He is stuck in a rigid pattern with no flexibility of movement. Our Father is sovereign and completely unbound by any earthly, temporal standard. We who are His children by faith and adoption are being conformed into the image of Him who is the head of all things. Change is not a result of our Father being adaptable. He is beyond the definition of change. It is we who must change; we must allow Him to transform us completely.

The “old paths” represent a position, a posture, a fundamental principle of the Father that has always been. It is this very place that Adam the son of God had in the Father. There was no striving to be, become, prove, or earn. The Father had entrusted to Adam His entire portfolio of creation. Adam and his descendants were to take up stewardship and exercise dominion. All of creation could and would understand the Father only through His son, Adam. It was deception, sin, and the works of the flesh that led Adam away from the ancient path he once knew. The presence of the Father with whom he had fellowshipped daily and whose voice he had enjoyed unbroken access to became minimized in his life. But that was what Adam chose.

From generation to generation thereafter, the Father repeatedly reminded and urged mankind to return to the old paths he once had known and into the relationship with the Father whose presence he once had lived in perpetually. Nevertheless, mankind defiantly struck down new paths named “stubbornness and pride," which led to nothing but hardship, adversity, and affliction. Striving and earning by the sweat of the brow is all too familiar in our world today. The issue is that we have forgotten the “old paths.” We have forgotten our way back to the Father. We have settled for a subpar life, and we pay a dear price for our continual resistance.

But there is a way, a truth, and a life that directs us to the “old paths,” and it’s a person. He is the Son of sons and His name is Christ. What the first Adam failed to complete, the last Adam, Christ, fulfilled. The “old paths” mark the way of the Father and have never changed. They represent His nature and character. Yes, one man walked in the fulness of Him, becoming a Lamb for the slaughter so that generation after generation in Him would walk in the same fulness. In Him they would mount up into a generation of sons who possess the Father in His image and likeness so that the glory of the Father will be known to all mankind.

The Father will neither relent nor rest until He brings forth a generation of sons who are passionate enough, brave enough, and bold enough to declare His ways in the earth; a people who are fearless because they live, move, and abide in Him, and whose position, posture, and principles are those of the Father.