Seven Unexpected Scriptures to Improve Marriage – Kevin A Thompson (Four)

“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6.16)

In a world fascinated by the newest item, success in marriage is often found by looking for the ancient path.  The good thing isn’t always obvious to us, but with a little patience and study, we can often find the right road.  Our greatest temptation is to rush down the wrong path without much thinking.  Instead, we should slow down, contemplate, and walk in a way that is right.  Kevin A. Thompson

God knows.  He always knows.  Not only does He know our pain, our thoughts, our lives – but He knows what works best.  His plan is perfect and I’m only now starting to realise just how perfect His plan actually is.  It’s flawless.  Even when we mess up, it’s still flawless.  But, what do we do when we mess up?  We go back – back to the beginning, back to God’s plan, back to how He created things to be, back to God Himself – back to His word.  I think that often in this modern world of ours we forget that for a thousands of generations before us people married, and had kids, and battled illnesses and strife and wars…  Back then people had to communicate (or learn to communicate) in marriage just as much as they do today – the difference perhaps is that there weren’t too many distractions back then.  (And we do have a lot of distractions today, don’t we?)

And I think today this verse is so pertinent – we need to go back, to God’s order, to how things should be done – how they used to be done.  Because God knows…  and has always known what works best.

And the best way to walk on the right path is to read and know and listen to the word of God.

Psalm 119:105 KJV

105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

It is God’s word that lights our path and shows us the way to go.  God’s word says “What God has joined together, let man not put asunder” – today’s worlds says, “if you’re not happy, leave go – you deserve to find self fulfillment”.

And there is much in God’s word that would seem outdated in today’s world – but today people are also lost, getting divorced not once or twice, but sometimes even more than that, are turning more and more to drugs, alcohol, antidepressants, are living unfulfilled lives and when I see the chaos of today’s society, I’d rather stick to the ancient paths and feel good about the life I live (no matter how hard it sometimes may be) and know that even just that would be a legacy I could leave behind, than to live a life of selfishness and greed and never have a moment’s peace for my soul.

Not only do I want (crave) peace for my soul – I want God to say to me one day, “Well done, my good and faithful servant” and the only way to accomplish that is to walk the ancient paths, HIS paths, and live His life.

Philippians 4:13 KJV

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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