"And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there."
Isaiah 35:8-9 ESV
Up the coast of California there is a long series of connected roads that are collectively called El Camino Real, “the King’s Highway.” It follows the route of the early missionaries who walked from mission station to mission station for six hundred miles, from San Diego de Alcalá in the south to San Francisco Solano in the north. They followed that road on the King’s business; not King Carlos or King Felipe so much as King Jesus.
You are on the King’s highway, that leads from wherever you got on it to heaven. You are on His Majesty’s business, living a life dedicated to Him; a life set apart, a holy life lived along a holy highway, the Way of Salvation.
I love what this verse says: “those who walk on the way, even if they are fools, shall not go astray.” That comforts me more than I can say, because I can be really foolish sometimes.
Just stay on the road, and you’ll get there. It doesn’t depend on your intelligence, your perfect understanding of the doctrine, or your own perfection. Just keep following Jesus on that Road, and you can’t get lost, because that’s where this road goes.
How do you stay on the road?
The verse gives the answer: “the redeemed shall walk there.” We get on that road and we stay on it by being one of the redeemed.
Jesus paid it all. When you want to follow Him on the road, you receive His redemption. When you have wandered foolishly from the road, you return to redemption. If you want to get to heaven, stuck to the simple truth that you’ve been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Follow where that leads and don’t swerve from it.
Lord, thank You for providing a way of salvation on which even a fool like me can’t get lost. Thank You for redeeming me, a lost and condemned creature, making me Yours, and leading me Home. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles