I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze, and cut through their iron bars. And I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden wealth of secret places, In order that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by name.

Isaiah 45:2, 3

 

There seems to be a way too common connection between traveling through life and taking turns down streets that are perpetually under repair, or in going toward the door that appears to be the right one and only to find it locked tightly. Even when I am at my sharpest and my intelligence and wit are fully engaged, I seem to find that the way through this world is obstructed by obstacles or is littered with the debris of its fallen state.

 

I think that there is a very real relationship between our desire to trust Christ in the processes of life’s journey and the amount of opposition that will be thrown before us. Satan wants us to be confused and to look for new road maps other than the truth of God’s word. He wants us to give up on the journey, to get frustrated with life in the community of Christ, and to settle for the comfort of the ordinary. Evil fights against us in order to push the fight for righteousness out of us.

 

God’s promise is to be the pathfinder for us, to smooth the path, and make it so that we can run with confidence and not stumble or fall. He also commits to providing us with the resources that we will need for the journey. I think that Isaiah is saying that, in fact, God will take some delight in not just giving us what we need but in bringing it to us from hidden sources. God wants us to be very clear in our understanding that Christ is the source of all that sustains us through this journey of trust.