J.C. Ryle

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Now to set men thinking is one great object which every teacher of religion should always keep before him. Serious thought, in short, is one of the first steps toward heaven. “I thought on my ways,” says the Psalmist, “and turned my feet unto Thy testimonies” (Ps. 119:59)…

Surely, when this is the case, we have no need to be ashamed of the “old paths,” and of walking therein…

Give the direction of Jeremiah the attention it deserves. If you once begin to think seriously about your soul, never be ashamed of asking for “the old paths,” and walking in them.

Yes! do not merely look at them and talk of them, but actually walk in them. Let no scorn of the world, let no ridicule of smart writers, let no sneer of liberal critics, shake your confidence in those paths. Only try them, and you will find they are the good way, “a way of pleasantness and peace.”

The Upper Room, Chap. V