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Streets, Paths, and Roads—Isaiah Walkway

June 24, 2017

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.
Isaiah 43:2

After several years of drought, this year’s heavy rains in parts of California have wreaked havoc on the highway systems, with some roads flooded and washed out, and others marred by thousands of potholes. A study found there are 12,094 potholes in San Diego. One resident told his politician, “What are we going to do about our roads? We can’t drive on them anymore.” Rough roads aren’t just a California problem. Every community spends millions of dollars every year in highway maintenance, yet the problems are outstripping the solutions.

Recommended Reading: Isaiah 43:1-7

But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I gave Egypt for your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Since you were precious in My sight,
You have been honored,
And I have loved you;
Therefore I will give men for you,
And people for your life.
Fear not, for I am with you;
I will bring your descendants from the east,
And gather you from the west;
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’
Bring My sons from afar,
And My daughters from the ends of the earth—
Everyone who is called by My name,
Whom I have created for My glory;
I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”

Highways are a parable of life. Sometimes we’re on the scenic route; other times we’re going through hail, wind, fire, and storm. We never know when we’ll hit a rough patch.

That’s why the journey is better when the Lord Jesus is in the driver’s seat of life. He has promised to go with us every step of the way, and we’ll never face floods or fires without His grace providing the strength we need and the guidance necessary to go forward. Cast all your cares upon the Lord today. He knows the way through the wilderness, and He leads us one step at a time.

When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply.
From the hymn “How Firm a Foundation

Read-Thru-the-Bible: Psalms 107 – 118

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