“Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!” (Isaiah 40:3)
In ancient times if a king wanted to travel to a faraway province in his kingdom a highway would be built for him. As people worked on that project they called it “The Kings Highway.” Isaiah is using this metaphor to say that God will travel into this world on a highway, and that Highway is the life of the Messiah.
Building a highway you need to do four things: level mountains, fill valleys, straighten crooked places, and smooth out rough places.
Through the life of God’s Son, the Messiah, mountains of pride will be leveled, empty valleys will be filled with the Holy Spirit, crooked ways of sin will be straightened, and He will respond to rough places in a way that brings glory to His Father and salvation to the world.
After spending three years 24/7 with a dozen disciples, Jesus challenged them that as His Father sent Him into the world, He was sending them out in the same way. (John 20:21)
One of many practical applications of that challenge for them, and for us, is that our lives must be highways for God.
I challenge you, in fact I dare you to pray this prayer: “God, make my life a highway for You!”
If you do this, don’t be surprised when God’s spiritual bulldozers show up in your life leveling mountains of pride, filling your emptiness with the Holy Spirit, making straight your crooked places, and smoothing out your rough places.
Dick Woodward, 15 May 2011