Today you should read: Isaiah 40
Happy New Year! The beginning of a new year brings about a desire in many of us to have a new beginning in some aspect of life. That’s why there are so many resolutions made. Well, our passage today has a very timely message for us to consider in regards to new beginnings as God’s people receive a message of hope from Isaiah.
Look specifically at Isaiah 40:3-5.
3 A voice is calling,
“Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness;
Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
4 “Let every valley be lifted up,
And every mountain and hill be made low;
And let the rough ground become a plain,
And the rugged terrain a broad valley;
5 Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
And all flesh will see it together;
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
When I read these verses, I think about driving through the mountains back home in WV. In order for any semblance of smooth roads to be built, which would allow for much quicker transportation, the way had to be cleared. Some mountains had to be leveled. Valleys were filled. Rough ground had to be smoothed. Otherwise, the roads would be even more curvy and up-n-down than they are, and it would take forever to get somewhere.
In a similar way, spiritually speaking, the way must be cleared for the Lord in our lives if we are ever to get anywhere in this New Year. In each of our lives there are mountains that must be removed, valleys to fill, and rough ground to be smoothed over in order to have unhindered and pure fellowship with the Lord.
These mountains may represent sinful habits. The valleys may represent the people or things we’ve allowed to drag us down. The rough ground may represent an inconsistent submission to the Lord. Unless we clear the way for the Lord, this year will be a roller coaster year in our walk with the Lord.
As we begin a new year, what needs to be cleared out of the way in your life in order to see the glory of the Lord revealed in a new, fresh, powerful way? Let’s all commit together to clear the way for the glory of the Lord.
Posted by: Rich Duffield