By Brooke Holt
“And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray” (Isaiah 35:8).
Jesus comes into the world inviting us to follow him on this highway, the Way of Holiness. This path is the way to our eternal home with him. Just as Jesus’ message was clear – he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and no one comes to the Father except through him (John 14:6) – this highway of Holiness is so clear that even fools cannot get lost on it.
And while no one can get lost on God’s highway of Holiness, many choose not to walk on it. Jesus taught his disciples about this road: “For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13-14). The wide gate and road are the ways of the world. This is the way that often seems most fun, popular, or successful. Meanwhile, the narrow gate and road are the ways of the Spirit. These are not often the lifestyles and spiritual disciplines celebrated in our world today; nevertheless, they are the way to life – abundant life in this world and eternal life with the Lord.
Are you walking on the Way of Holiness? Are there things in your life that cause you to wander, to slip from this road, or to fall away? God beckons you back today.
Throughout the season of Advent, the Lord calls you to examine your life and to make yourself ready for Jesus’ return. What hinders you from walking on the way of Holiness? Are you willing to forsake those things to wholeheartedly pursue the ways of the Spirit? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Our honest prayer before God is evidence that we understand the ways He loves, cherishes, sees, and hears us. Through prayer, we can acknowledge with Hagar, “You are the living One who sees me” (Genesis 16:14). When we pray, we are affirming the same. Why do we often hide from this privilege? Why do we avoid God, the One who sees us as we are and stands ready to provide and answer us in his holy, timely way? In this 8-week study on the prayers of Job, Ruth, Hannah, and David, grow your prayer life by facing your honest need and bringing your whole self before God. Acknowledging God as the One who guides your path can change your heart. It can take you past fear and into faith, strength, and hope. Learn more about Honest Prayer.
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