In Isaiah 40:3-5, we are reminded that the way of the Lord will not always be easy. But God has promised to raise the valleys and lower the mountains in our lives, creating a plain in which God’s glory can be revealed to us.
I love this visual, of our entire world, laid smooth so that we can easily see the glory of God and actively pursue a life with God. But that’s not all Isaiah says about God’s promises in this chapter. Before any of this happens, a voice cries out in the desert and another voice calls from the mountaintops to give glory to God and prepare the way to God.
What does this mean for us?
It means that although God has promised that we will eventually see an end to the rough terrain between us, first, we are called to make ours through these difficult spaces. This doesn’t mean that we are abandoned and alone, but that we can count on there being times in our lives that are not as easy as others. God’s chosen people are not chosen to be exalted in their lives on earth; look at the tragedies the children of Abraham went through in their faith journeys. Look at how much God’s Own Son suffered before reuniting fully with God!
But Isaiah bids us to call out to God without fear because this is good news. There is no one, nothing like our God, and great and unimaginable things wait for those who seek God out.
Maybe 2017 wasn’t your year. Maybe December wasn’t your month. Perhaps these past few weeks haven’t been your weeks. You’ve entered a when the mountains, the difficulties, the challenges in your life feel huge. But as you prepare to strive forward, conquering another week with the grace of God, remember that you are chosen people and because of that, God holds out a promise of salvation