“3 A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord ; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”
I used to think this was pointing to God being an alien and that when his ship landed, well it’d need a runway. Hmm, a spaceship traveling from whatever unknown universe wherever would need us to build it a runway to land. Man, no wonder we haven’t had God come back – he’s got no place to land! Uhhh, no. God don’t need no stinkin’ runway.
Ancient kings used to prepare the way before they would travel through the desert – knocking down obstacles, clearing passes, removing boulders – preparing a highway.
Guess what? We are the desert. Guess what we need to do? Prepare the highway within us. Umm, OK, sure.
What does that look like? I like this from Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary:
“And may the Lord prepare our hearts by the teaching of his word and the convictions of his Spirit, that high and proud thoughts may be brought down, good desires planted, crooked and rugged tempers made straight and softened, and every hinderance removed, that we may be ready for his will on earth, and prepared for his heavenly kingdom.”
In the wildness of our heart, may the Lord prepare our hearts so we can prepare a highway for Him. May we allow Him in, to plant good desires, so that He can work on us so that we can let Him in. It makes no sense on one level, but prefect sense on another level.
It makes no that we need Him to prepare a way for Him. But, it does make sense that we can’t prepare a way for Him, a way that’s worthy of Him, without His help.
Our version of Him in our life isn’t going to work, only his version will.
So, prepare your heart for God to make a place for Him to land. Ask him to remove to boulders clogging up your brain – the high and proud thoughts, the hardened tempers – that we may be ready for His will, not ours.
God don’t need no stinkin’ runway, He just needs us to open our heart.