Growing up in rural Alabama has offered me many different paths on which to make my way. Many have involved potholes, and some have lacked paving altogether. There is just something about a smooth road—you don’t think about the road at all, only your reason for travelling.
John’s entire life was for one purpose: to prepare the way of the Lord. He came to make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Mountains needed to be brought low, and rough places needed to be made smooth. The Christ was coming, and he came to pave the road.
What mountains need to be leveled? Maybe the pride of our hearts. Maybe the attitude that we can reach God on our own. I know that before Christ had ready entry into my heart, my way of thinking had to be leveled.
What rugged places need to be made a plain? Maybe the behavior of our lives. Maybe the sin that we have not confessed and dealt with is like a gravel or dirt road causing difficulty travelling. I know that I needed paving—I needed to repent before I could dare walk with the Lord.
Can you imagine someone yelling “Repent!” as you journey to where you are headed, as you make your way through life? That’s just it…are we making “our way” through life? Or are we allowing our hearts to be smoothed into a path by which the Lord can travel to minister to others?
Jesus was coming, and John made sure that His path was ready.
Jesus is coming again, very soon…let’s pave the road.
Scripture to read:
Lord, not only do I want to be ready to meet You when You come, I want to make sure that everyone I know is ready, also. Even if some refuse, I want to make sure they have the opportunity to repent. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.