I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him!
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
You and I are each in a place in life, but many of us would like to be in another place. Call it your promised land. We have a dream, a destiny, a calling, an inheritance, or a birthright not yet fully received.
The path to the promise is the one who is the way. The Lord will make a way for you, if you make him the way. It is as simple and profound as that.
In between here and there looks like a desert. Maybe to you it looks like an ocean, or a mountain range that is in your way. But the word of the Lord is that God will make a way for you.
The way through the desert, the way through what seems impossible is the Lord. He has always been the way for you and I. Our part is to abide in him and let him take us on his journey.
The path is the one who is Lord. He is the way to the Father and the way to the kingdom. The Lord will make a path and lead you, if you abide in him.
The story of Isaiah 43 is the people of God going back to their land of promise, and God encouraging them, that he would make a way for them, in the desert. This same principle holds true for believers today, because Christ is the way. Wherever you are in your journey, Christ is with you; you are in Christ who is the way.
The past is our important story. We learned and we gained good things and we also have scars from how we were hurt. We are not victims of our past, nor triumphalistic deniers of our brokenness; but we have been redeemed and God redeems out past.
We are overcomers, wounded warriors, the walking wounded; we are all broken people, being made whole by Christ. We have been receiving provision for our losses, exchanging crowns of beauty for ashes; having oil of joy instead of mourning; and being clothed with praise instead of despair. (Isa. 61:3)
Christ is the way to heaven and the way for life here on earth. The Christian life is, “Christ in you” (Col. 1:27). He is the way and the life, so he sustains you on your journey in and on the way. The way in is the way on.
The past is in the past. We can make amends and reconcile with people. We obviously can not go back in time and it is foolishness to be obsessed with the past, idealizing it or wearing shame and despair because of the failure or defeat in the past.
God says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing, now it springs forth. Do you see it?” We can be blind to the present, because of an obsession with the past. The past is over and gone. Let it go.
God does not erase our past, but redeems it. You get to keep the wisdom you gained from your past, while you get released from the sin and free from any bondage to the past, including the people, places, and things in your past. You may still be with those people, in those places, and have those things; but you have changed and you have been redeemed.
The Christian life is life in Christ and it is inside out. We have Christ in our hearts, so that he changes our identity and how we think and then how we live.
We love him and trust him with our hearts.
We often refer to getting saved as, “asking Jesus to come into our hearts”. After we invite him in, we give him permission to live there, and make him Lord. When he lives in us, we enter into a transformational relationship with him, that we call discipleship, which is where we learn how to live in Christ, letting him live his life through our lives.
In order to find the way, we have to let go of the past; grieve it and receive healing for how we were hurt, forgive others, and be forgiven for our blunders. Then we can be ready to see and believe the new thing that God will do. And the only way to get to the land of promise, our destiny, and receive our inheritance and come into our birthright, is to abide in the Lord.
Trust in him at all times.
It starts and continues, inside out, from the heart. Have faith by walking by faith, with the one who has saved you and is taking you in and on his way towards your destiny, on the journey that is unique to you.
He is the way for you. Other ways are detours, holding patterns, and cul-de-sacs. This is the good news.
The path is the one who is the Lord. He is the way to the Father and the way to the kingdom. The Lord will make a path and lead you, if you abide in him.
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