For the Path

Although the path of a Kingdom laborer may be narrow and unseen at times, Jesus said we’d find it by faith. Although the path may lead through desert or green pasture, mountain or valley, Jesus said to follow Him and He’d make it straight, that He’d tell us the way to go.

No matter where you find yourself, God has something to speak to you in His Word today.

Take a few minutes to read and reflect on this passage using the questions below. Let God’s truth light your way.

Isaiah 35

Joy of the Redeemed

The desert and the parched land will be glad;
    the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
    it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
    the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord,
    the splendor of our God.

Strengthen the feeble hands,
    steady the knees that give way;
say to those with fearful hearts,
    “Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
    he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
    he will come to save you.”

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
    and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then will the lame leap like a deer,
    and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
    and streams in the desert.
The burning sand will become a pool,
    the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay,
    grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

And a highway will be there;
    it will be called the Way of Holiness;
    it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
    wicked fools will not go about on it.
No lion will be there,
    nor any ravenous beast;
    they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
    and those the Lord has rescued 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.

Identify the words in the passage that best describe where you are and also where you hope God will take you.

Listen.  Ask God if there’s something specific He’d like to share with you in response to where you are and where you’d like to be.

Talk to God about what He’d like you to do with all you’re hearing, or your hunger to hear more.

Respond by sharing with God any thoughts, feelings, confessions, fears, concerns, praises or commitments that are stirring in you as a result.

 

 

This exercise was adapted from Deep: A Spiritual Life Notebook. This resource and more like it are available at ForgeForward.org/Store.

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