Day 201

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Isaiah 34:1-35:10, Micah 2:1-5:15

Anne Orr, Women’s Ministries

“There will be a highway called the Holy Road. No one rude or rebellious is permitted on this road. It is for Godʼs people exclusively–impossible to get lost on this road. Not even fools can get lost on it. No lions on this road, no dangerous wild animals– Nothing and no one dangerous or threatening. Only the redeemed will walk on it. The people God has ransomed will come back on this road. Theyʼll sing as they make their way home to Zion, unfading halos of joy encircling their heads. Welcomed home with gifts of joy and gladness as all sorrows and signs scurry into the night.” (Isaiah 35:10, MSG)

This verse is so appealing to me. I imagine us all on this earthly journey home together, It is a very long road for some of us; for others it is too brief.

There are several paths we can take on this road. On the ʻhigh roadʼ we strive to do our best–set goals for ourselves, try our hardest to be good parents and friends, provide a good living for our families. We make good choices and pray to God for direction. We are slow to anger and practice patience. We ask God daily how we are to serve Him.

Some of us choose less desirable paths and go through a life of sin, oblivious to the importance of keeping a clean heart and soul. The high road will lead us to God eventually–I imagine it as a golden path–perhaps like a Yellow Brick Road? Happy, non-threatening, filled with singing! I desire one of those halos of joy encircling my head. This life here on earth is not easy sometimes–we experience sadness, worry, depression…we see countries trying to destroy each other and their people being murdered and terrorized. Micah has been called “the prophet of the poor and oppressed.” He attacked the social evils of his day, evils similar to ours today. Micah saw beyond the discontent to a return from exile: “I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob; I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel” (Micah 2:12).

We must do our best to get through every day with a positive attitude. We must keep God in our lives, knowing that we will walk humbly on that final Holy Road where, in the end, we will be welcomed with open and loving arms.

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2 responses »

  1. What a beautiful image this passage paints! unable to get lost, nothing threatening, and those redeemed with unfading halos of joy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us today.

  2. The minor prophets are sprinkled with nuggets of familiar verses, and it’s such a joy to encounter them. Prophecies of Messiah Jesus, prophecies of the horror of the Second Coming, prophecies of the astonishing re-organization of life on earth under God’s Kingdom.

    Thank You, Father, for giving us this multi-faceted revelation, the minds to explore it, and the promise of the Spirit’s help to understand it.

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