"Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein" (Jeremiah 6:16)
There are two errors that are pretty current with regard to old things. The first is that everything old is good, and everything new is bad.
That idea, of course ... harms progress and discourages all thought. It also petrifies the imagination and digs a grave for all expectation. I am afraid that when it comes to theology and spiritual thought, we have adopted the notion that the old is good and that everything new is bad. We have to go back yonder to discover a man who has spiritual imagination enough state things differently from that which is current in his time.
I will tell you what I would like to see for this critical age... a number of persons committed, manifested in the inspiration of
Scripture and the faith of our fathers so that it is impossible to go back theologically. The result would be truth related in an imaginative way for our time.
The truths of God are not timely (that is, geared into time). The truths of God are eternal. They rule above time.
~. A. W. Tozer~
God Is Enough
"Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded" (Jeremiah 7:23)
The error that everything new is good and everything old is bad takes place in the realm of practice and worship and religious activity generally. This is a view that can lead, of course, to great rebellion against the truth.
We will never be where we ought to be until we go back to those old paths and learn to find God. Then we will cease to be bored with God. We will center our affections upon God and Christ and become specialists and experts in the realm of the spiritual life.
It is amazing how little outside stimulus we need if we have that inward stimulus. It is amazing how much God will meet our needs. It will not be God "and" something else. It will be God "everything."
And then, wisely, we will gear into our times and in a moment we will become alert to the needs of the world around us. At the same time, our great anchor will be God above. God will be enough.
May God give us the courage to be obedient to His truths in this tragic, critical and dangerous hour in which we live.
~A. W. Tozer~