And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” vs. 10Isaiah 35:5-10
When the people of Judah were in exile in Babylon, some adapted and established roots there, but most longed to return to their homeland. These were encouraged in their hope by their prophets, faithful leaders who continued to believe that God would come and rescue them from their captivity. Isaiah painted a picture of a superhighway through the wilderness, a Holy Way that even fools could travel on in safety. His language is fitting for us too; many long for a Way to live in these confusing times. We feel the captivity of our culture and long for a path on which the footing is secure. Early followers of Jesus were not called Christians, but according to the Book of Acts they were known as the People of the Way. That’s a wonderful image, one that is a perfect description for our life in the world. There is a highway for us, one that we don’t even have to use GPS to negotiate. It’s the Way of Jesus, and it leads us straight to Truth and Life while avoiding every detour and pothole. And there’s even more. This is a joyful highway, and those who travel it will obtain joy and gladness, while all sorrows and sighing will flee away. And where are we going? In a word, we’re going home! Praise God!
Thought for the Day: Where am I going?