Food for Friday

Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth. Luke 3:4,5

My father was intrigued when I mentioned to him that the Bible describes how to build roads. My father spent a large part of his life building roads, in various capacities. He knew how to build roads, and when he got a look at this verse, he agreed, this is how to do it. These are the four major steps involved in highway construction. The low places are filled in and the high places are levelled off. The kinks and twists in the road are straightened, and the surface of the road is made smooth for good travelling. So, long before the advent of the automobile and the need for roads that would provide conditions to accommodate high-speed travel, God knew all about the process. And told us about it. These instructions for building roads also work for our lives, which are each a highway through this world.

God wants to fill in the valleys, because a Christian should not be down and discouraged. He also wants to get rid of the mountains of pride and hills of self-achievement in our lives. We should be humbly subject to the Lord’s power and direction. What about the crooked places? God would have our lives lived in purity and holiness before Himself and the world. And the rough ways? Those are the elements of self that get in the way of our being less than what we should be for God. This includes poor manners, bad habits, inappropriate companions, wrong reading choices, and all of those things that interfere with the character of Christ in us.

You are a highway for God. Allow Him to build you according to His Word. -Jim MacIntosh

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