“All highways to God have to lead through Georgia, right?” When we pass this sign on the way home, Kris always says: “You can start smiling now!” Why wouldn’t I? Georgia is God’s country! Photo by: Jordan Harmon

by Tammy Phillips

 But the way of the upright is a highway. (Proverbs 15:19 NKJV)

It is funny and amazing how God created us all so differently.  if my sister-in law’s take my mother-in-law to the doctor in the city.  They take the back way.  Not me, I choose the highway every time, unless there is an accident or obstruction on the road.  I have to take alternate routes then.  I want to get from my home to my destination as fast as possible.  On long trips, my goal is to make few stops and arrive fast.  My desire is to get where I am going.  God has devised the same plan for us in life.  It is called the Highway of Holiness. 

For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert.  The parched ground shall become a pool, And the thirsty land springs of water; A highway shall be there, and a road, And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, But it [shall be] for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray.  No lion shall be there, Nor shall [any] ravenous beast go up on it; It shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk there. (Isaiah 35:6-9 NKJV)

God is the best.  Leave it to Him to create a highway to our eternal destination.  His ways are HIGH-WAYS and HIGHWAYS.    His High-Ways lead us on the highway to Him.  When followed, His ways catapult us on the road up, from:

    • living in sin to becoming the righteousness of Christ
    • death to life
    • sickness into health
    • lack into wealth
    • brokenness to being complete in Him

His highway was costly to build.  Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 NKJV).   He gave his life to pave our highway to the Father.  The only avenue to gain entrance to the route is to have accepted and been washed in the precious blood of Jesus. The great thing is that God knew we would make mistakes, take wrong turns and detours, but that through Jesus we would never be lost again.  Holy Spirit will reroute us, bring us to repentance and turn us around the right way.  

Holy Spirit also teaches us through the Word about guardrails.  His guiding word protects us from falling off the highway.  As we grow in our relationship with Him by reading His word and praying, we learn about the guardrails that keep us moving safely along the highway.

The highway is a safe way to travel because the way of the upright is a highway (Hebrew word calal meaning:  lifted up, elevated, cast a heap, to make level away by casting up a bank.). We also trave safely because “the highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul.” (Proverbs 16:17 NKJV)

 The highway in the above verse is the Hebrew word mecillah.  It is different word from calal but derived from it.  Translated, it means: a way cast up, raised way, causeway, path, course, terraces, a stairway, or steps.  The highway is above.  We are safe on the way, above the lion and beast!   They have no access to this road.  They sit below us, waiting for us to veer from the High-Ways of God.  The Bible tells us: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”  (1 Peter 5:8 KJV).  We are untouchable as long as we maintain on and in the High-Way.  We have to remain vigilant because one bad choice could be deadly.

I enCOURAGE you to take the HIGH-WAY!   It leads to all thing good and all things God. 

“As for God, His HIGH WAY is perfect.  It is God who makes my WAYperfect.  He makes my feet like the feet of deer.  He sets me on high places.  He enlarges the path, the road, under me so my feet did not slip. The LORD lives! Blessed [be] my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted.” (Psalm 18:30-33, 36, 46 NKJV)

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