Isaiah 40:1-5. ““Comfort, oh comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak softly and tenderly to Jerusalem, but also make it very clear That she has served her sentence, that her sin is taken care of—forgiven! She’s been punished enough and more than enough, and now it’s over and done with.”
Thunder in the desert! “Prepare for GOD ’s arrival! Make the road straight and smooth, a highway fit for our God. Fill in the valleys, level off the hills, Smooth out the ruts, clear out the rocks. Then GOD ’s bright glory will shine and everyone will see it. Yes. Just as GOD has said.””
What wondrous tidings! What glad glad news! Our sin has been dealt with; forgiven! We are given the message in love and told to make ready the way for God Himself. That’s a scary prospect but every time there is an important event in our lives we go through the stages don’t we?
We make plans, decide on the best course of action and who the most qualified players are. We may spend weeks at this point making sure every t is crossed and all i-s are dotted.
Nothing worthwhile comes easy and do challenges must be faced. Some easy to manipulate and others seemingly insurmountable. There are those that come at great personal cost (John the Baptist). Thing is we fight for what we believe in.
That way it’s so much sweeter when we settle in to enjoy the fruit of our labour. When our King arrives and says “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” it’ll all be worth it.
John Oscar of the Coulee Community Church, Whitehall Wisconsin, has a full sermon along these lines worth reading.
Think About This
What plans have you made in preparation for the Lord’s coming?
Dear Lord, As my heart overflows with joy at your coming may I make ready the way for you in all I think, speak or do. In Jesus name I pray. Amen