The Highway of the Upright

From Lynda Lindsey  

The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life. Proverbs 16:17

And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 35:8-10

Jesus to Thomas: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

Imagine taking a solitary walk on an isolated wilderness path, crooked, steep, and rocky, a path where wild, ravenous lions stalk their prey. Suddenly the earth convulses and quakes, rocks and boulders tumble, yet the path isn’t blocked; it smooths out, straightens, and becomes level. Boulders are scatted along the sides, but the road itself stretches straight ahead to the horizon, shimmering with bright light. From of old it was proclaimed that every valley be lifted up, every mountain and hill be made low, the uneven ground leveled, and rough places made a plain in readiness for the Lord.

Jesus, the fulfillment of that prediction, is the Highway of Holiness. In Christ, every barrier to God has been removed. We, once exiled in sin, are invited to walk in uprightness and integrity before the Lord. Trusting in Jesus’ blood, we are transformed. Given new hearts, we are counted blameless. Walking by the Spirit, we yield to God. God shines His searchlight into our hearts, smooths out our rough places and levels our mountain-sized fears. No longer alone, we now walk God’s highway in the company of countless other pilgrims!

We walk together, brothers and sisters in the Lord, in safety and joy, helping one another. Clouds and storms will come; tears, sorrow, and sighing will come, but while weeping may endure for the night, joy rises with the sun. Our trials don’t last forever; they are momentary afflictions preparing us for future glory. Satan, the ravenous beast, the enemy of all goodness and righteousness, still lashes out in a vain attempt at victory, but he has been defeated; his death is certain. Preserve your life. Guard your way. Walk carefully. Joy comes with the Son who visited us from on high! Glory to God!