by Becca Spence
June 06, 2019
And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness, the unchosen shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, the shall not go astray.
— Isaiah 35:8
It is astonishing how often a road is used in the bible to draw us closer to God. We see it in Luke when the Lord used the story of a Samaritan man who stopped to help another man left to die in the road to point us toward understanding God’s mercy (Luke 10:29–37). We see it in the book of Acts when Jesus meets Saul on the road to Damascus, forever changing Saul in name and testimony such that he became the greatest testifier for the glory of Jesus Christ (Acts 9: 1–22). We see it in the prophecies of Isaiah when he says that a highway will exist such that the redeemed, even those of us who are fools, will walk this road and not go astray (Isaiah 35:8). In Deuteronomy we are taught to impress the Lord’s commandments upon our children at every opportunity, as we rise in the morning and walk along the roads (Deuteronomy 6:7). I could go on and on listing bible passages involving roads. Biblically, there are roads of doubt, roads of joy, roads of humility and roads of hope.
As I thought and prayed through the writing of this devotional, God has shown me how often he has used literal roads as an integral part of my own travels with him and his gentle guidance. As I went through my old devotionals, I just had to laugh as God appeared on literal roads in my life, over and over again. You can read about some of these experiences here: clifec.com/daily-devotionals/the-day-i-met-johnny, here: clifec.com/daily-devotionals/change-scares-the-comfortable, here: clifec.com/daily-devotionals/that-is-the-church, and here: clifec.com/daily-devotionals/misunderstanding-why-we-serve.
It was through one of these literal road encounters while driving to church one Sunday morning that I was led to begin trusting the Lord in the sharing of my testimony with others. Boy, was I scared! Through the encounter, I knew God was clearly asking me to begin sharing my story of his grace, but I was scared of what would happen to me once the world knew who I had been. I was scared to claim publicly that it was the grace of God through the work of Jesus Christ that turned me away from my previous life and way of thinking. I was afraid I would be rejected, mocked and ridiculed by those who knew me before I knew Christ. Many of my friends were and are adamant atheists and none of my friends were authentic Christians at that time. Oh, the stress! But the encounter was so profound and moving, that I answered God’s call in faith and began to share my testimony at every opportunity. And, sadly, I did lose a few “friends.” But God has been faithful to bring me many more friends and to give me such strength and peace through his presence. Are you afraid to trust the Lord? Are you on the brink of having faith in him but let the fear of the outcome hold you back? Take heart, for God is always faithful. He promises he will go with you, he will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6).
When Paul, the ultimate pharisee and persecutor of Christians, met Christ on the road to Damascus, he immediately began preaching Christ in the synagogues (after a few days of recovering from severe illness, that is). And God was faithful to Paul’s testimony.
But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this was the Christ.
— Acts 9:22
God’s faith through your testimony will prove to you and to others that Jesus is the Christ. If you’re standing at the top of the road, start walking.
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