A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” (Isa. 40:3)
I once lived in a home with an unfettered view of the sunrise. Every morning I would arise to sit, think, and soak in the start of a new day. And then we relocated to the city. I quickly realized my mornings would no longer be the same. What had once given me clarity for each day was now met with obstacles and impediments.
After Israel had been comforted by God’s tender voice, God began to provide promises about all he was about to do with their lives. Isaiah proclaimed that any obstacle to seeing the glory of the Lord would be removed. Every impediment dissolved. Hills lowered, valleys lifted, the seemingly impossible would vanish from their line of sight. Clarity would flow from their unfettered vision of God’s glory. The path that once had been blocked by their sin was being made passable and clear by God’s way. God called them to a new perspective.
Obstacles are only obstacles when we refuse to change our perspective. God’s clarity comes with new perspective. When we choose to see only the mountains or the valleys and fail to see the God who guides our paths, we lose the clarity of our calling. Growing in God means hearing his voice and seeing with new perspective. Look! He has a prepared way, a new perspective bringing calling clarity.
Don’t lose your clarity; shift your perspective.
Aaron Golden is a church planter and lead pastor at Union Point Church in New Bern, North Carolina.
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