Building Spiritual Highways
It is such a treat to be able to ride on a new highway! Usually the road is smooth and well-marked and gets us from one location to another more quickly than traveling on older roads. New highways are planned to help us get to our destinations more easily.
Isaiah talks about preparing a highway for the people of God. "Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up; build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations. The Lord has made proclamation to the ends of the earth: 'Say to the Daughter of Zion, 'See, your Savior comes! See, His reward is with Him, and His recompense accompanies Him.'" (Isaiah 62:10-11) The Message says, "Tell daughter Zion, 'Look your Savior comes, ready to do what He said He'd do, prepared to complete what He promised.'"
The Lord always looks to partner with someone on earth to accomplish His purposes. He continues to look for willing vessels who want to bring the Kingdom of heaven to earth. We can play a part in building a spiritual highway for the Lord. It is a "highway" built from revelation, and that highway brings us and others closer to Him. How do we do this? We must be attentive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, listening and watching for the stream of thought that comes into our heads. We must allow the Holy Spirit to take us on a journey in our quiet time with Him. We can build spiritual paths with the Word of God so that we "prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God." (Isaiah 40:3)
You may ask how this happens. Quiet time with the Lord is essential. We must wait upon Him to bring us a word. When I get a word from the Lord, I begin to travel through Scriptures with Him. I look for common themes and words throughout the Bible. I connect one passage with another. This is building a spiritual highway. God's Word always takes me on a journey. One verse leads me to another which leads me to another. I am unearthing revelatory treasures along the way and laying the foundation for the highway that is being prepared. Through organizing the revelation and learning the lessons of Scripture that are repeated in several places, I am building a highway that leads to a deeper understanding of the Lord and increases my intimacy with Him. Once I have completed my own path, I can share the revelation with others so that they too can travel the highway into a more intimate relationship with the Lord.
Here is my prayer: "O God, help me to be a good road builder." May we all be willing to wait upon the Lord and travel with Him, the One who Scripture calls The Word. (John 1:1)
Joan E. Mathias