A few weeks ago, while studying something else, I came across Isaiah 35:8. I love how the Holy Spirit redirects my attention when he has something special to show me and wants to bless me with His words!
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. Isaiah 35:8
I’m sure I’ve read this verse many times and now the researcher in me was intrigued so I dug a bit deeper. Some translations refer to the Way of Holiness as the Holy Road or Highway of Holiness.
The word holy in this verse means holy, but it also means rarely abstract, which in turn means, concrete. Perhaps this is a reference to the roads that were built in ancient times between temples and only those who were ceremonially clean could travel upon them.
The original Hebrew word for Highway is derek (deh’-rek) and it means road, highway, journey or favor.
As I thought about this verse the Holy Spirit showed me this picture. The Way is a journey with favor but it is still a journey. It is a safe journey and can be a great distance but it is a journey in the right direction. We walk the Holy Highway because of our faith in Jesus and no one can make us leave the Highway. Deliverance is at the destinations end whatever the current journey looks like. It is the blood of Jesus Christ that makes us ceremonially clean and give us the authority to journey along the Holy Highway.
This caused me to think about my prayers and how each one is like a journey. Some requests allow us to skip along the Holy Highway and reach the end with a joyful outcome and then race back to the other end to start a new journey. Some prayers are like labor and delivery. Labor is where all the hard work is done and sometimes there is joy in the deliverance and sometimes there is grief.
We can be on multiple journeys at one time. Sometimes we are the cheerleader, spastically waving our hands (I speak from experience), jumping up and down and willing others on. Sometimes we are working hard and pulling the ropes in place of those who can’t.
Precious One, whatever your journey, if you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Highway is yours to walk as often as you like. One foot in front of the other and one step at a time.