“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth;” – Isaiah 40:3-4
Scripture reading: Luke 3:1-18
When the king was coming, his messenger would go before him. Townspeople would clear up the roads. Washouts that they might have put up with for months, were filled in and debris cleaned up. Effort and expense were not spared. Isaiah’s imagery is even more dramatic! Valleys are filled, hills are brought low, and crooked places are straightened.
Road construction in northern Ontario often involves levelling granite hills and filling valleys with great quantities of earth. Even allowing for the use of dynamite and powerful machinery, the work that goes into it is still stunning. Using this kind of analogy, Isaiah calls for a radical transformation in our spiritual topography! Hills of pride and self-centredness needed to be levelled. Spiritual depressions, disappointments and backsliding must be filled in with the certainty of God’s covenant promises and faithfulness.
The power of the Holy Spirit is the dynamite (Greek: “dynamis”) designed to level mountains of sin and fill in valleys of despair. This ‘dynamis’-fuelled repentance and faith in the multitudes who listened to John’s preaching and prepared them for King Jesus.
God graciously used the preaching of John to prepare hearts for the King’s coming. His cry rings down through the centuries for your ears too. Behold the Lamb of God! The King is coming! Every eye shall see Him and every knee shall bow. Be ready for that Day! By the power of His Spirit in you, prepare a highway for Him in your hearts and lives.
Suggestions for prayer
Pray that by His Holy Spirit, God will use the preaching of His Word to prepare your hearts more fully for His coming! Pray that remaining mountains and obstacles of sin may be levelled and any valleys of discouragement be filled with faith in the promises of God!
Pastor Maurice Luimes serves as the pastor of the Immanuel Reformed Church (recently relocated to Bolton, ON). Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at NTGDevotional.com.