Behold, I send My messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make ready the way of the Lord. Mark 1: 2-3
This verse in Mark is talking about John the Baptist. It fulfilled two Old Testament prophesies.
Behold, I am going to send my messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold He is coming. Malachi 3:1
A voice is calling, Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. Let every valley be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low, and let the rough ground become a plain, and the rugged terrain a broad valley. Isaiah 40: 3-4
According to the King James Bible study notes, in this era, roads were fixed before kings would travel them.
Jesus, being king, had a messenger preparing the spiritual road for him.
What does it mean spiritually to have “every valley lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low”?
He fixes our misconception. He tears down our wrong ideas and beliefs and fixes our doubts (our low points). When this is done, you have a straight path.
You know the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.
How do my misconceptions and doubts get leveled or raised? I must meditate on the Word. I must spend time with Jesus. Reading books about God, and hearing preachers preach dynamic messages are good; however, it CANNOT replace time in the Word and prayer.
I remember thinking that God in the Old Testament was harsh. He wiped out entire civilizations. Even the women and children were killed many times.
Thinking this way about God affected my time with Him. I’d picture Him as a God ready to pass out judgement. It was a wrong idea of God that had to be torn down.
When I actually read the Old Testament, I saw grace. Grace extended to anyone who wanted it. I saw a God who loves His people. I saw a God that looked at creation and said “It is good”.
Seeing Him this way makes me want to know Him more. The paths are straightening little by little.
Remember, fixing roads is a very messy and slow business. It will not happen overnight. It’s the day in, day out time with the word. If things start looking like a mess, just trust the process. A mess does not mean failure. A mess means work is being done.