“Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken” (Isaiah 40:4-5, NIV).
Once again, I wish you happy and prosperous New Year (2009). Let me base my first message for the year on the prayers (an adaptation of Isaiah 40:4-5) that I sent out on the first day of the year.
These prophetic sayings of Isaiah have been interpreted in many ways. Some interpret and apply them to the people of Israel who were then in spiritual wilderness. Others see the sayings as referring to John the Baptist who came to prepare the way for the Messiah. Still, others apply these sayings to the future when Jesus Christ will come to reign on earth. Whichever interpretation one adopts, these sayings are not literal, but figurative.
In the Ancient Near East, kings sent heralds before them in a journey to clear away obstacles, make causeways over valleys, and level hills. These were done to smooth out the roads on which the kings would pass. It is like making a serious preparation for an august visitor—rolling out the red carpet. This preparation will reveal the glory of God that will be manifested to all mankind. This shall certainly come to pass because God has said it, and what He has said He does, and what He has spoken He makes good.
This New Year, the Lord will smooth out your life. He will glorify Himself in your life to the extent that people far and near will see it and praise Him for what He will do in your life. In what ways do you want this to take place? He will do it because He has said it! However, you need to surrender yourself to His smoothing. You need to cooperate with Him. He will make your life better in Jesus’ name. Amen.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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