Prepare the way for the Lord

Isaiah 40:3-5 “A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

We all long for God to be with us and to bless us. And He is doing so indeed. But in His deep love for us, God also has a longing, a specific desire – to reveal His glory among us and through us. And here we find He is calling us to a very specific task in order to accomplish His desire – Prepare a highway for God in the wilderness. He wants to reveal His glory so that all people may see it!

Are you willing to submit to such a high calling?

I remember when God called Jonah for another high calling, Jonah refused and the outcome nearly killed him.

God has put His eyes on you and me and He is calling you and me to this very high calling – to reveal His glory through us. What an honor! Woe to us if we ignore Him and go our own ways.

What do we have to do then?

Prepare a highway for the Lord through the wilderness of your life. Not a footpath! A high way, and it takes far more effort and cost to be built.

How do we make this high way for the Lord?

Firstly by cleansing our lives. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16. God promised His forgiveness when we confess and forsake our sins. This is like leveling the mountains.

Secondly we have to make restitution to those we have sinned against. This is like filling up the low places.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
(John 13:34) The New Testament clearly indicates what is needed to be done. Let us put our hands to this task and do it diligently. “Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 40:5

 

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