Of King Jehoshaphat, 2Ch.19:3 [paraphrased] records this. “…the good that is found in you is because you removed the worship of other gods “and you prepared your heart to seek God
How does “prepare ye the way of the Lord” apply to me today?
A few SelahGram’s ago, we discussed the vital principal of preparing for the Presence – preparing to encounter! (Or the result of not preparing…)
” (AMP: …with all your soul’s desire.)
Conversely, this is said of King Rehoboam, “And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.” [AMP And he did evil because he did not set his heart to seek (inquire of, yearn for) the Lord with all his desire.] (2Ch 12:14 KJV)
Let’s continue the thought with this New Testament parallel. The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said, “He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the LORD’s coming! Clear the road for him!'” (Matthew 3:3 NLT)
Each of the Gospels, Mt, Mk, Lk & Jn record John’s quote of Isaiah 40:3, “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”
Though John was truly a forerunner, Isaiah’s declaration is as much for you and me today as for John’s announcement of Jesus’ soon arrival! Prepare the way of the Lord. The Message translates it, “Prepare for God’s arrival! — In other words, prepare for His presence!
In anticipation of the Arc of the Covenant in their midst, Joshua commanded, “And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” (Josh.3:5 NLT) In other words, prepare yourselves, prepare your hearts for the encounter!
Today as we heed Isaiah’s instruction, preparing for the Presence, dancing in deserts and worshiping expectantly in the wilderness, the original powerful Isaiah reference produces the same result. “...Prepare ye the way of the LORD…” (Is.40:3), “…And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed!” (Vs.5)
Amen! Selah. \o/