Isaiah 57:14-15 It shall be said, ‘Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people’s way.’ For thus says the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with those who are contrite and humble in spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.  

Here the prophet Isaiah uses a favorite image of a highway. Build it! he says. Give simple, faithful people a direct unobstructed route back to the knowledge and experience of the ONE, TRUE, and awesome God who alone can forgive their failures and heal their brokenness, not only as individuals, but also as a nation.- and who alone can lead them in the way of righteousness and peace. The religio-political leaders of the nation had built their own third rate idolatrous religious system chock-a-block with potholes, ditches, washed out bridges and expensive tolls. “No!”, says God through Isaiah, bad leadership has stifled the spirit and hardened the hearts of the people because the leaders in their pride and elitism have decided that their version of the so-called ONE TRUE God is weak when he is actually merciful. They misinterpret God’s grace as soft-headedness and God’s patience as inability to bring them to judgement. And so, they do things their own way, according to their own very dim lights. The world today is too much dominated by this same kind of leadership. Resist their evil, pray for their transformation and trust that God will act with perfect timing, though it’s usually not ours.  Pastor Bill

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