The Highway of Holiness

“A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it; It 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, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Isaiah 35:8-10).
Destinations are important, but are not the only consideration of a journey. Often, how one travels can be as vital as where one goes. Several years ago I rode a bus from Kathmandu, Nepal to the mountain city of Dunche. Our trip lasted ten hours and covered about 75 miles. The bus not only had all seats filled, but also the aisles contained as many standing people as could be crowded in, plus the roof was covered with passengers. It was by no means comfortable. My attitude since then towards bus travel has been “I have been there and done that; from now on I rent a car.”
Some travel, however, is extremely enjoyable. Cruise ships come to mind, as do leisurely car vacations through scenic areas. Nepal offers flights over the Himalayas during which one is treated to spectacular views of Mount Everest and other notable peaks. The journey is the point ?- there is no real destination.
The ideal situation may be described as one where both the destination and the journey are of great value and reward. Such is the case with our spiritual venture towards Heaven. Our ultimate home is of unimaginable beauty and pleasure (Revelation 21-22). But, as the saying goes, “getting there is half the fun.” No manner of living compares with the Christian walk for satisfaction, peace, joy, and contentment. We may not acquire great wealth and the trappings of secular success. We may not enjoy continuous physical pleasure. We may not become famous or celebrated. (However, Christianity does not preclude any of those things ?- some Christians do obtain them.) But we are guaranteed “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3) and “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).
The Christian life is wonderful. We are blessed to be allowed to live it. “Rejoice in the Lord always!” (Philippians 4:4).

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