He Makes a Way
Updated: Dec 11, 2018
from Isaiah 11:16
“Come over here! You’ve got to see this!” When have you heard these words before? Maybe you were standing on one side of a swinging bridge, and your friend was on the other. “Uh-uh. No way!”, you responded. The height, the missing plank in the middle of the bridge—something made you hesitate and doubt whether you could make it. But unless you found the courage, you’d never see the sight.
I think I feel this way with God sometimes. He says, “Come over here! I want you to see this!” And I say, “No way, Lord!” The rest, the peace, the joy—it all sounds wonderful. But when I see the ravine He points me to, or the valley He stops me in front of, I hesitate. I don’t want to go through that—isn’t there another way?
And sometimes it’s more than fear that stops me: Really, Lord? You led me to a raging river where the banks are overflowing, and there are no footholds, no shallow spots, no limbs to grab hold of. What were You thinking? How in the world do You expect me to get across?
But the Lord whispers, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you” (Isaiah 43:1-2 NKJV). Even, He says, I can walk through fire and not be burned (v. 2).
Wherever I am called to go, the Lord promises to go with me.
In another chapter of Isaiah, He says, “I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron” (45:2).
Wherever I am called to go, the Lord promises to go before me.
But this verse pictures Him as not only going before me, but also paving and creating the way. He holds the limb so it doesn’t snap in my face. He finds the sturdy places where I can step. He moves a log so I am not tripped, or places it so I have a way to cross the stream. And He can do much grander things too. I imagine Him like the dream architect in the movie Inception: with just a thought or a word, He can straighten a curvy road, flatten a mountain, or split a swollen sea (see Exodus 14; Joshua 3).
Wherever I am called to go, the Lord promises to make a way.
“There will be a highway for the remnant of His people” (Isaiah 11:16). In other words, a way for His people to come home, to find rest, to be with Him. There will be a highway, yes, because He will be the one to make it. We need not fear how we will arrive: follow Him, and He will make the way.
Next week’s reading: Isaiah 21–28.