“Thus says the Lord, ‘Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls.’ But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ And I will set a watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen’” (Jeremiah 6:16-17).
Spoken some 2600 years ago to those who would be the people of God, the words of the prophet sound strangely contemporary. God’s people have a long history of being captured by the trendy and novel offerings of their given culture. Popular prophets preach a popular theology and will always draw a crowd. True prophets, like Jeremiah, and their truthful, unrelenting heralding of the narrow way are never popular until after-the-fact. Unfortunately, there are no after-the-fact opportunities when it comes to choosing the narrow path. Take it now!