A Highway of Holiness – What is it?

Isaiah 35:8 speaks of a Highway of Holiness

On July 8 my devotional, Experiencing God Day-by-Day, took me to Isaiah 35:8 and that verse has remained on my heart for the last couple of weeks.  You always have to read the Scripture in context to really understand the message.

Let me quote Isaiah 35:1-10 (NASB) to present this verse in context.   The subject is Zion’s Happy Future.

‘1The wilderness and the desert will be glad,
And the Arabah will rejoice and blossom;
Like the crocus
2 It will blossom profusely
And rejoice with rejoicing and shout of joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
The majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They will see the glory of the Lord,
The majesty of our God.
3 Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.
4 Say to those with anxious heart,
“Take courage, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The recompense of God will come,
But He will save you.”
5 Then the eyes of the blind will be opened
And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.
6 Then the lame will leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy.
For waters will break forth in the wilderness
And streams in the Arabah.
7 The scorched land will become a pool
And the thirsty ground springs of water;
In the haunt of jackals, its resting place,
Grass becomes reeds and rushes.
8 A highway will be there, a roadway,
And it will be called the Highway of Holiness.
The unclean will not travel on it,
But it will be for him who walks that way,
And fools will not wander on it.
9 No lion will be there,
Nor will any vicious beast go up on it;
These will not be found there.
But the redeemed will walk there,
10 And the ransomed of the Lord will return
And come with joyful shouting to Zion,
With everlasting joy upon their heads.
They will find gladness and joy,
And sorrow and sighing will flee away.’

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Does God Hear Prayers or Does God Answer Prayers?

Have you ever asked yourself these questions:

  • Does God hear my prayers?
  • Does God answer prayers?
  • Does He hear the prayers of a sinner?
  • Is He even listening?
  • How am I supposed to pray?
  • I don’t even know how to pray – how can I pray?
  • Why pray He never answers my prayers?

These are common questions we ask ourselves or others when we feel that God is not hearing our prayers.  When we are in doubt as to whether we are being heard when we do pray, we question sometimes if God is really there?   The Bible mentions prayer many, many times so it must be important.  A search on Bible gateway for ‘pray’ returns 362 results, and a search for ‘prayer’ returns 191 results, and for ‘prayers’ returns 27 results (in the NASB Version).    The NIV version returns 367 results for ‘pray’, 154 for ‘prayer’ and 32 for ‘prayers’.  This gives us an indication of how much prayer or praying is discussed in the Old and the New Testament and indicates the high priority of prayer in God’s Word.

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My Favorite Daily Devotional – Experiencing GOD Day-by-Day

Experiencing God – Day-by-Day by Henry Blackaby and Richard T. Blackaby

Over the last fifteen years I have used a number of Daily Devotionals to help me get in to my quiet time with the Lord.  I have to say that there are many good ones, but to-date this has been my favorite  I first had the small leather bound copy shown on the left.

This size is great because it can be easily carried in your purse or laptop bag. It doesn’t take up much space .  It has a soft leather touch and feels so good to hold in the palm of your hand.  It is literally gives you a very intimate close feeling of being with God as you study His Word.  I know you guys are laughing, but it is true!  My oldest daughter actually found this devotional with the journal and was using it daily and she posted a few of the devotionals on Facebook and I was really taken with the Truth revealed through these writers and so I ultimately purchased this smaller version.  I did the same.  I read and studied and prayed through the devotional for almost a year and then decided to buy the one with the journal so I could make notes as I studied.  I couldn’t find the leather version anywhere, so I bought the hardback and gave this smaller version to my youngest daughter.  She is reading it everyday, and she, too, has shared many of the devotionals on Facebook!

It is that good, my friends!  The Blackabys write with grace and obvious spiritual insight.  Knowing God’s Word requires daily study and meditation.

These devotionals can help you with the discipline and perseverance to spend the necessary time in God’s Word to help you grow closer spiritually to the Lord.  Although all daily devotionals seem to focus on one verse at the start of the study, you must not just stop with that one verse.  To truly learn you need to delve deeper.  At least read the verses immediately before and after the scripture, but better than that ready the entire chapter of the book.  It is important to know the context of the scripture being studied.

The Holy Spirit is your Teacher, and He will impress things upon your heart as you study and will reveal further what God wants you to know from His Word.

The authors wrote their Experiencing God book and Bible Study prior to writing these devotionals.  I am anxious to do the Bible Study as well.

 

To the left here is an excerpt from the small devotional book without the journal.

Check out the Books by Blackaby’s page under Shop on our website for links where you can purchase these books.  I assure you will be glad you did.   May God bless your Study of His Word and encourage you to draw near to Him every single day of your life.  Share what you learn with your children, your family and friends and God will bless you!

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