A Walk Through Isaiah

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It is difficult for me to pick a favorite book of the Bible, but Isaiah in the Old Testament is a top contender. Digging deeper past God’s judgment of sin, we find promises fulfilled only in Jesus, assurance of God’s comfort, and anticipation of heaven’s glory revealed.

The beautiful diversity of Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest (of West Virginia) reminded me of a walk through Isaiah to discover earth-shattering truths that change hearts and lives to follow the LORD.

 

Isaiah 2:5

Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD.

Red Creek Trail

Red Creek Trail

 

Isaiah 30:21

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Beaver View Trail

Beaver View Trail

 

Isaiah 40:4-5

Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Raven Ridge Trail

Raven Ridge Trail

 

Isaiah 42:16

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

Raven Ridge Trail

Raven Ridge Trail

 

Isaiah 44:22

I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.  Return to me, for I have redeemed you.

Beaver View Trail

Beaver View Trail

 

Isaiah 49:10

They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat upon them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.

Red Creek

Red Creek

What’s Your Street Name?

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Since we spent nine days in Naples, Florida, I became familiar with the street names. Street names can reveal the history of a town. For example, Collier Boulevard was named for Barron Collier, Sr., who was instrumental in building up Southwest Florida. Street names can define the connections between cities. I loved saying the Tamiami Trail (“tammy-ammy”), also known as U.S. 41 that links Tampa and Miami. Street names can carry warnings like the one I imagined with Rattlesnake Hammock Drive. Driving out of town on the way home, I discovered, The Lord’s Way. Now why didn’t I see that sooner?

What’s my street name? Which streets of life have left a mark on me? Who or what is the most influential in my life? Can people see that my life is linked to Jesus and the other end is in heaven? Or do people recognize warning signs that I am on the wrong road headed for destruction? Do people see The Lord’s Way in me? Or is my life simply an avenue for my own street parade? The streets we travel on reflect our destination. My prayer is that God continues to lead us home with signs of Jesus.

Matthew 7:13-14

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

Isaiah 44:5

One will say, ‘I belong to the LORD’; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand, ‘The LORD’s,’ and will take the name Israel.