Prayer for the day
In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness.
Scripture for the day
Things are going to change. Isaiah is clear with the people of God that while things will be rough, things are going to change. The way they had been before would be destroyed. The way they would be when destroyed would be over. And then, the time of the joy of the redeemed.
The time of the joy of the redeemed is characterized by peace, joy, and harmony. The time of the joy of the redeemed is a time where people follow their God, connect with God and with each other. The time of the joy of the redeemed comes when people see the way.
Isaiah describes this way as the highway of holiness, a road that runs straight through the heart of the desert. This highway is a beautiful road, a road that includes all those who follow God. This highway is the way that follows the life of God, the way that follows the life God has desired for them. The redeemed stay on this way. And this way leads them to life.
Paul has much to say about the way of life. For Paul, living life in the way of life is living life in Christ. “Continue,” says Paul “to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Our life, the life lived in the way of life, is the life that is rooted in the person of Christ. We are rooted in Christ, built in him, strengthened in our faith. And these things all connect together to elicit the response God (and Paul) desires: thankfulness.
Life in God’s great way will create thankful, faithful, loving followers.