Here is what the LORD 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.”
There is an ancient road that has been left for us to follow. We read about it in the Holy Scriptures. We read about the heroes of the faith who have walked the road before us. There is a kind of life that we are instructed about in the Holy Scriptures. This way yields good fruit, if we are being nourished from the root.
What is this road? What is this root? It is the way of the Fathers, the root is Abraham. Abraham was called out from his first home and place of origin and set on a particular path. He believed G-d and trusted that He was not only faithful to His promises but a shield of protection, a great provider and wholly good. Oh to have faith like Abraham!!
Abraham is not the only father with great faith, Isaac and Jacob also had great faith. There is a road in Israel that is the same road that the Patriarchs traveled some three millennia ago. This is an ancient path, to be sure! This road is called Derech Avot, the Way of the Fathers.
We are branches in the olive tree that has Abraham as the root, we are wild branches and natural branches. We are following the ways of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We are walking the same path they did – with the Spirit of HaShem as our guide.
In my walk with Father I have been learning that to follow the road that the fathers traveled there is much blessing and much work. This walk of life is not one I can sit idly by and watch the grass grow under my feet. I must be diligently taking each thought captive and submitting it to Messiah, I must be diligently loving my neighbor and myself, I must be striving for holiness because my Father in Heaven is holy and I wear His Name. This is the good road, the good way, the way that brings rest for our souls. This is the ancient path that we are following.
Want to read a bit about Derech Avot, The Patriarch’s Way, The Road of the Fathers?