The Highway of Our God

ASENTENCE in a letter a friend opened up a wonderful vision of what it means to set out on the journey to "the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem." The sentence read: "We can enjoy our travel together along the highway of our God." This was a new view. Though the Atlantic rolled between, we could enjoy our travel together, for we were both traveling on the highway of our God. This spiritual highway is not confined to one locality or one country, but is the universal road leading to a spiritual goal. Many are the men, women, and children thereon, travelers of many tongues and many lands. Some have just started on the way, others are farther along the road, and some are approaching the heights of holiness and glimpsing the glories of the heavenly city. In the thirty-fifth chapter of Isaiah we read, "And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness." The Scripture goes on to say that "the unclean shall not pass over it; ... nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon; ... but the redeemed shall walk there: and the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." Thus we see that the spiritual highway is a safe and joyous way.

The pilgrim does not always realize that this is so. To material sense the journey from sense to Soul sometimes seems very hard and beset with difficulties—a weary, uphill toil. Can one regard the way as safe and sing songs of joy? Yes, for it is the highway of our God. Did Christ Jesus, the Way-shower, find his path easy? Did he not meet with temptation, scorn, ingratitude, hatred? From the human point of view the pathway of Jesus was a difficult one to tread, but he overcame all evil beliefs through his wonderful love and understanding of God. He said, "The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise."

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