Devo Walking in faith Part 31
Isaiah 35 (NIV)
35 The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, 2 it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord,
the splendor of our God.
3 Strengthen the feeble hands,
steady the knees that give way;
4 say to those with fearful hearts,
“Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
he will come to save you.”
5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
6 Then will the lame leap like a deer,
and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
and streams in the desert.
7 The burning sand will become a pool,
the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay,
grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.
8 And a highway will be there;
it will be called the Way of Holiness;
it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
wicked fools will not go about on it.
9 No lion will be there,
nor any ravenous beast;
they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
10 and those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
Highways are called highways because they are built above the rest of the landscape. They are higher and keep the water, animals off, and made so you can see what’s ahead. The highway of God’s holiness is a road less traveled, but is a safe place where sickness, Satan, and the enemy can’t travel. It is the way of the believer. It is the way through the valley of death, while those off the road see death and destruction those on the road see the desert bloom. There is no fear there for it is the way of peace and safety. We see what’s ahead and we have no fear of tomorrow. Though it is a narrow road there is always room for more. It is a place of singing and joy. How do we get on the highway? Through the blood of Jesus. How do we stay on the highway? Through following Him and obeying His commandments. Walking in His holiness not ours.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane