Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…
Walking in “the Way”…
When questioned by the religious leaders about who he was John the Baptist quoted the prophet Isaiah. “Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through the wilderness for the Lord! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God! Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places. Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The Lord has spoken!”” (Isaiah 40:3–5, NLT)
It was John’s appointed responsibility to be a forerunner for Jesus, to prepare the people for a deeper relationship with God. In the early days of his ministry Jesus said, ”…Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” (Matthew 4:17, NLT) Basically John’s message was similar, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Messiah is near.” John cleared “the Way” for Jesus. Jesus cleared “the Way” for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit IS clearing “the Way” for you. That raises a question, what is “the Way”? The “the Way” is a path to a relationship with Jesus, then onto God.
Did you know you can get lost in a wilderness? Last night there was a news report where some unfortunate backpackers found themselves lost and needed to be rescued. With the Holy Spirit clearing a path through the wilderness you can’t get lost. When I think of a wasteland I think of a desert and in my imagination I see someone dying of thirst dragging himself or herself through the burning sand trying to reach an oasis which is actually a mirage. Of course that is only a metaphor for our thirst for a relationship with God. When it comes to finding ourselves in a wasteland/desert we have this testimony. “Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’ ”” (John 7:38, NLT)
When I think of valley’s, mountains, hills, curves, and rough places I am reminded of difficulties and adversities life puts in our pathway. You’ll notice from the above scripture reading the valleys, mountains, hills, curves, and rough places are not eliminated. I don’t know about your situation but here where I need the most help from the Holy Spirit filling the valleys, leveling the mountains and hills, straightening the curves, and smoothing the rough places. And it is here where the Holy Spirit IS hard at work 24/7 preparing “the Way” for us.
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”**
GRACE and PEACE,
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**Romans 15:13, NLT