What is the Way? In Isaiah 30:21 it tells us, “This is the way, walk ye in it.” We all know what Jesus said. As a Christian, do you know what it means? “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” What would happen if we haven’t understood this? What would happen if we were not walking “in it?”
And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Ye shall defile (pronounce utterly unclean) also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence. – Isaiah 30:18-22. What it the way?
First, why does it say that we will cast away as a bloody rag, the covering of our graven images of silver, and molten images of Gold? What does that have to do with statues, what we see in the world, or anything that we have made with our hands? The only thing that can come to the mind of a sane person is something, or “someone,” that is filled with blood. The only answer is our bodies, our flesh. Come up with something else. There isn’t anything else. That is the only answer. “They that are in the flesh, cannot please GOD.” So, if the Bible says that our bodies are the graven and molten images, what would happen once we apply this understanding to the entire Bible?
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Are you a natural, or a spiritual man? And, therefore the LORD will wait. This is the way, walk in it… As we look at the world, and what’s common to man, what makes suffering as a Christian something more? “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” – 1 Peter 4:12-16.
Has something strange happened to you? Have you been thrust into a “fiery trial?” Are you being reproached for the name and authority of Christ? Are you a partaker of His sufferings? “And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” In Daniel 10, when he understood the Abomination of Desolation, he was mourning, “three full weeks.” He said that the time appointed was “long.” It must have been a really, really long time?
In Psalm 73, the psalmist says, “As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image. Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.” Have you despised your image? What did the Bible just tell us about our “image?” Have you recognized that you are as a beast before the LORD? Why does the Bible say, “But these, as natural brute beasts, in those things, they corrupt themselves?” Are you aware of how foolish or ignorant that all of us are? Do you understand repentance? “And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction… This is the way.”
There are many things within the pages of the Bible that can confuse, and without proper guidance by the Spirit and the putting forth from a helping hand, we may, in fact, fall short of eternal life. As Peter tells us in Acts 3, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk,” my prayer this day brothers and sisters is that you take heed, “arise o’ sleeper, wake up from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” I have no money to offer you, although what I do have, I give unto you. What is the way? This is the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes unto the Father but through Him.
Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner