from Lynda Lindsey
Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; 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.” Isaiah 35:3-4
And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, and the ransomed of the Lord 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. Isaiah 35:8-10
Look, their brave men cry aloud in the streets; the envoys of peace weep bitterly. The highways are deserted, no travelers are on the roads. Isaiah 33:7-8
Man has continuously broken covenant with the Covenant keeping God, contemptuously spurning God’s repeated efforts to win back His people. Now the Lord is coming in judgment; His retribution will be fierce. The earth will be made low. The brave will cry out in anguish. Highways will lie wasted, traveling will cease. Even the earth will mourn and waste away. Who can stand before the Lord’s wrath, who can endure His fierce anger? Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the wobbly knees. Still the ragged breaths, calm the erratic heartbeats, for our God comes!
But. But. But God is coming not just in anger at sin and wickedness; God is coming to save us! God is coming as Savior for those who walk in His Way of Holiness. Jesus is the Way of salvation and restoration. Jesus, the Way, the Truth, the Life, comes to save us, to open our blind eyes, to unstop our deaf ears, to make the lame leap and the mute speak! The once parched dry places will flow with streams in the desert, greenery replacing deadness. Travelers will once again venture forth in safety and peace. The redeemed of the Lord will walk this highway of holiness in safety; they will encounter no frightening animals or ferocious beasts. There will be no sorrow and sighing on this pilgrimage; only the sounds of rejoicing, singing, and shouts of gladness will be heard!
While God’s judgment against sin is certain, the wideness of God’s mercy is just as certain. Turn. Sorrow and mourn over sin. Repent. Earnestly seek His forgiveness. God yearns to be in intimate relationship with His sons and daughters. God’s eyes and ears roam to and fro, looking and listening for the repentant tears and cries of His children. He tarries patiently, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. So come. Come walk the way of holiness. Come!