Fresh Hope – 20th October 2017

‘… In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it…’ Isaiah 40: 3 -5

Preparing a straight highway means removing obstacles and rolling out the red carpet for the coming of the Lord. The desert is a picture of life`s trials and sufferings. Isaiah told people to prepare to see God work.

Often as Christians we can be lazy in the wait for God to breakthrough. We can have an attitude of “I`ll have faith, when God shows up”, or “when the breakthrough happens, then I will make myself ready”. “When my non-Christian friend finds God, then I will talk to him about God”. “When I find out I`m pregnant, then I will prepare the baby’s room”. “When God provides the finances, then I will bless others”. “When I lose weight, then I will finally feel happy about myself”. “When they decide to be nice to me, then I will talk to them”. “When the leaders ask me to lead, then I will make myself ready”. “I`ll thank God when He brings my miracle”.

Stepping out in faith, means making a way in assurance that God will come through. I believe our breakthrough is often on the other side of showing God that we are prepared and ready for him to fill the space we have made. This could mean making space in our hearts, minds or quite literally, making a physical space in our lives.

Our mentality should instead be, “I will tell my friend about God, so he finds God”. “I will make a physical space in my life in expectation of a miracle”. “I will bless others in faith that God will provide for me”. “I will learn to love myself, so I look after myself”. “I will be kind to others, in faith that they will come to find friendship with me”. “I will prepare my heart and life for the call that God has in store for me, so when I am released, I am ready”. “I will praise God now for what I know is coming”.

What things are you anticipating God to do in your life and how you can practically make a way for their arrival?

Hebrews 11:1

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬ ‭

Emma Montesi

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