“Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.”
So says Isaiah 40:4 as I continue my thoughts on this chapter. In verse 3 I commented on how our lives must be made straight and unclear of any obstacles so that people will see our testimony and hear our confession and that both would point them straight to Christ Jesus. This verse holds a similar tone for me…
We must live consistent lives. We must reflect Christ at all times just as Jesus always reflected his Father by doing what he saw his Father do. When people look at us what do they see? Do they see consistency? So they see that we have integrity? Or are they able to poke and nitpick and say “I hear all that you say, but your actions at times don’t match up to it.” We mustn’t be hypocritical. Say one thing yet do the opposite. The old adage stands – we must practice what we preach.
And so we come to Isaiah 40:4 which tells us to make everything consistent – and I want to offer these thoughts.
“Every valley shall be raised up” – what are your holes? what are your weaknesses? where do you let yourself down? Where can people see that you miss the mark or that your actions don’t stand up to your confession? Friend, fill in those valleys in your life- work on them. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you fill them in and raise them up so your life is level and consistent. Let your testimony stand up to any accusation because you live straight and righteously.
“Every mountain and hill made low” – do you have areas of pride? are there things that you feel are beneath you, below your standing? Friend, smash that mountain down, stomp it flat. Become as Christ was, a servant of all. Let no area of pride, social standing, superiority come into your mind but make your life level to all that you will be approachable and accepted by everyone.
“The rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.” – Valleys and hills may represent large areas in our life that people can see – but what about the smaller things that are only known by you and the Lord? We must pursue the integrity that stands up when no one is looking, when no one can see us or hear us. The rough edges. The rugged places or our lives. Not noticeable to all but we know they are there. Work on them, make them smooth so that even in the quiet times we know we live holy and pleasing lives, acceptable and pleasing to Lord.
The last two pictures were taken by me from the top of the Rhondda valley near to where Zoe and I live. It’s a beautiful place and I just felt they captured what hills and valleys look like. If you click on them you can use them as wallpaper (resolution set to 1024*768) with my pleasure, they are set one above the other – 1 link, 2 pictures. They’re good visual reminders of this verse.