I have been thinking about the name of this blog. “Building Straight Roads.” Perhaps you have been curious about it. Perhaps not.
Hebrews 12:12 talks about building straight roads, and I love what it says in the NLT:
So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall, but become strong.
What we do with our individual life reverberates around us and down the generations. How we respond to hardship and suffering will create either chaos to wade through, or a straight path for those who follow.
I ask myself: What kind of road builder are you Katie?
Take this angle. What if God is looking for a generation of David’s mighty men (and women) in the spirit today to build roads in the wilderness that lead the next generation to healing? (Check out 1 Chron 11 and Isaiah 62:10-12)
Listen to David’s song of victory in Psalm 18;
Who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock? God arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect.
He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights. He trains my hands for battle; He strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.
In Central Asia, there are snow leopards in the mountains. The ibex who live in those same mountains know that although the easiest living is in the valley, it is the mountains that offer protection because they have been equipped to run on the precarious crags that seem impossible to tread.
We are not redeemed to simply to live in the lush valleys of life. It is in the easy paths the “roaring lion” can attack us from behind. When we were born again, we were called into a road building program with the Holy Spirit as our instructor where we learn to build highways through the mountains so those who follow can forge father with their own roads than we do.
We are not reborn with hands that are strong, we are trained to build well through experience with the right instructor. If we enter struggle in the power of the flesh, we may make it through, but will leave no road to follow. If we live in the power of the Holy Spirit, He instructs us how to build straight paths that allow those who are wounded and broken to follow behind us, leading them to healing.
It is no good to bemoan how the culture and next generation are degrading if we are not willing to build straight roads for them to walk on by radically living our own lives in power, showing what LIFE and BLESSING look like!
What kind of road are you building right now in the hardest areas of your life?
Have you had a good sit down chat with the Holy Spirit and the Word lately to get roadbuilding advice?