Isaiah is not the easiest book in the Bible to go through. We have all heard Isaiah 9:6, 7:14, and 40:31 over and over again. But I would like to focus on Isaiah chapter 45. How much of your life does our Lord control? Are you going through a point in life where it seems like a walk in the park? Life is so good you cannot wipe the smile off your face. Maybe your walk has taken a turn and you are finding sharp rocks and obstacles in your path. That could be car problems, a sore back, or a period of time that emotions seem to be running high. Or do you see a mountain right in the middle of your path. You think to yourself “there is no way I can deal with the mountain… I can’t do it!” Losing your job is a mountain, a spouse that is cheating on their marriage is a big ol’ mountain, a death of a loved one can seem like a mountain range, or a serious illness would be a giant mountain.
God says that he is the one that goes before you and levels the mountains for you. That means he is always close and constantly active in your life. Nothing on this earth will last forever, but he has a life planned for us that will be eternally joyful.
Isaiah 45:2(NIV) “I will go before you and will level the mountains.” He does use time and his power to level these things that seem to be setbacks in our lives. You could say he shrinks the mountains. Do not ever think that our God can’t do it.
Question: Is the person with the walk in the park in the first paragraph walking on the sands of the mountain the Lord leveled before them? And maybe they never knew the mountain was there.
Here is another quote from Martin Luther. Our God leads and goes before us.
“I know not the way God leads me, but well do I know my Guide.”