Prepare to listen. Light 2 purple and pink candles and pray: Pray: ‘Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.’
Prayerfully Read Isaiah 35:8-10
A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveller, not even fools, shall go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they 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; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
As I’ve struggled along the path of Christian spirituality, I’ve often wondered whether I’m still headed in the right direction. At times the way doesn’t feel right or something makes me fearful. I have a longing for God and desire to live with God’s wisdom, but I still wonder: am I on the right way?
The prophet’s message today emboldens me. First, there is the assurance of complete safety on this highway which only the redeemed, that is, those who can assure our safety, well-being and honor, walking with me. Second, ‘no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray.’ The way is assured, even for one who is a ‘fool,’ ignorant or unsure of the way. I keep walking the path in hope and faith that I, from the tribe of the ransomed, will arrive at a place where I’ll obtain joy and gladness.
I keep taking the next step and then another, and another, one step at a time, trusting in the Lord to lead me all the way.
Where are you on the journey? In what ways does this passage assure you?
Respond to Jesus
Sometimes Lord, I think I’m a fool and I fear losing the way. Thank you for the assurance that I won’t lose my way because you’re the Guide on this journey of faith. I long to sing with all your ransomed ones and experience everlasting joy and obtain joy and gladness, with no more sorrow and sighing. Help me wait for you this Advent. In your holy name, Amen.
Go live obediently in the world trusting God, who won’t lead you astray.