Posts Tagged ‘the path of righteousness’

“This is the Way…”

August 29, 2008

O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more.  How gracious He will be when you cry for help!  As soon as He hears, He will answer you.  Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more;  with your own eyes you will see them.  Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying,  “This is the way; walk in it.”  Isaiah 3: 19-21.

Everybody is looking for a direction in life.  God promises that we will have this if we are listening to His teachers.  But how will we know those teachers?  Isaiah 8: 20 gives us a clue,  To the law and to the testimony!  If they don’t speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.

Jesus said something quite profound that fulfills the prophecy of the passage above:  “When He (the Holy Spirit) comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment…”  The Holy Spirit’s other job is to guide us into all truth (see John 16: 13).  Through His ministry, we find the way in which to walk.

So now we know that anyone who has spiritual wisdom for us must conform to the teaching of the law and testimony of Jesus or they speak darkness.  This is not about specifics but ethics.  Our God isn’t about choosing our clothes for us as far style, color or cloth, what He seems to care about is our ethics in doing so.  The law and testimony are guidelines for life in general not directed at individual tastes unless they cross the ethical boundaries.  When we need to know if we should get involved with another person romantically, we can look at their ethics to see if they match what we know of God’s.  Jesus taught us it was by their fruit we would know them.

A person’s fruit is their actions, decisions and general expressions about life.  So the decisions

 for business, friendship, romance and family should be guided by this ethic.

The Way is simple, the Truth is living for it is a risen Savior, and the Life is Jesus’ sacrificial attitude for the world around us.