Isaiah 35:8-10, “8 And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it. 9 No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, 10 and the ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away” Robert Frost wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood, I took the one less traveled by, and I- And that has made all the difference“. If we choose the right road it will make all the difference in life for us as well. Life has often been described as the way one lives on a way, a path, a road, or other such words that depict travel, journeying or direction. Isaiah says “a highway will be there,” which is to say that there is a certain highway that is ever present. However although the highway can be seen clearly, not all see it. Even all those who do see it do not travel on it. Why not? It is because it is “called the way of holiness“, as all highways have a name.
What kind of terrain does this highway have? Is it smooth, void of bumps, potholes, and sharp turns? No, it has its fair share of all of these and more. God Himself is the architect of this road. It is not an easy road to take, because this is not a highway that one can travel on in their own strength. This is a road that one must “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus (2Timothy 2:1). Since this is a road of holiness, only the redeemed of the Lord may journey on it. To redeem (exagorazo) means “to buy out of slavery” by paying a price. Christ paid our sin debt by dying on the cross. The redeemed is an elect family, the body of Christ, which helps one another to walk on. It is hard to know what to do at times on this road because one must “walk in it by faith and not by sight.” The road is not a wide road, but a rather narrow one because few find it in (Matt 7:14), and there is none other like it. Although many walk on this road, The Apostle Paul described his travels on this road as a race in which he ran for the prize promised. He said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing (2Timothy 4:7-8).
Oh yes Christian if you are on this Highway of Holiness it is because you have the power of Christ in you, because, it is “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty” Oh He knows your every trial and uses them to strengthen and refine your faith in Him, because He has called you to walk by faith and not by sight. There is a crown of righteousness awaiting your victorious arrival and “to all who have longed for His appearing, because “He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). So don’t give up and never give in. Get up after every bump you hit, climb out of each pothole that temporally may take you down, “for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again” (Proverbs 24:16), and live diligently with a reckless abandonment to “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me (you) heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). Keep your eyes on the finish line though you cannot see it with the natural eye, your eyes of faith has the vision to see “Him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). And for those that are in ministry or desire to be, then keep your run in the race steady and don’t give up when your legs of faith grow weary. Keep running a good race, and “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”, Galatians 6:9).
Application: Be encouraged; stay on the Highway of Holiness, even if it is The Road Less Traveled it is the road Jesus instructed on us to take (Matthew 7:14). You don’t want to travel on the alternative road, the Broad Way (Matthew 7:13)!! Blessings Pastor Phil