The Highway of Holiness

Isaiah spoke many wonderful prophecies. Things that were far in the future in his day are now present realities. Reading Isaiah is not merely a study of ancient history but a lesson in what God can do for us in the 21st century. A good example is Isaiah 35.
Consider the path God has prepared for all who will follow him. Many details about this road are given in verses 9 and 10: “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 redeemed 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” (NKJV).
In this prophecy, God declares that it’s not just the destination that will be rewarding but also the journey itself. Read that passage again and note these characteristics of those who choose to travel on God’s highway: (1) Safety and security — no wild beasts will be found on this road. (2) Those who travel this road are “redeemed,” purchased by God to be his own. (3) Singing and everlasting joy belong to those who travel on this highway. (4) Sorrow and sighing will be a thing of the past. Clearly this is an attractive lifestyle.
One other detail about travelers on God’s road is given in verse 8: “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.” Those who consider taking this path are confronted with a decision: Am I willing to give everything to God? That, after all, is the meaning of “holiness.”
There’s the catch. This explains why so few choose a path that appears to be entirely desirable. Few? That’s what Jesus said in Matthew 7:13,14: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
Jesus was not one to sugarcoat anything. He plainly disclosed that God’s highway is difficult. Holiness demands that we deny our appetites and desires when they conflict with God’s will. Hear Jesus again: “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). Denying ourselves is not pleasant. A cross is an instrument upon which self is put to death. The objective of Jesus’ words is holiness. And with that holiness comes the privilege of traveling on the Lord’s highway.
Christians, we must daily recommit ourselves to living holy lives! The world is so persuasive in its attempts to pull us from our journey. It is a daily challenge to keep our garments spotless (James 1:27). But when we remind ourselves of the joys of being on the Highway of Holiness, we’ll find renewed strength to keep ourselves only for the Lord.

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