The truth is, we all have obstacles that seem insurmountable. Mountains that we can’t seem to climb over or go around. We think we’re alone with such huge problems and sometimes we think we’re the first ones to ever have such a hurdle to climb. Mammoth obstacles will do that to you, magnify themselves so large that you feel overwhelmed with its magnitude.
But let’s look at some Scripture to see how we can handle these huge obstacles. The prophet Isaiah is a good place to dig in.
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.
Isaiah 42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
Isaiah 43:16,19 Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; 19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 49:11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.
Okay, that’s the groundwork now let’s begin with prayer before we explore.
Father God, as we study this topic of mammoth obstacles, open our eyes to observe Your great truths as we read of them in Your Word. May we understand the meaning and give You glory in the revelation as You enlighten our understanding. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
To start with let’s look at the keywords which I have highlighted in the verses, and indicated below:
- mighty water
First I need to research the meanings from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance for “highway, way, make” to ensure I’m thinking the same thing as the original intent.
- make – to put, to place
- way – road, highway, pathway
- highway – a thoroughfare, causeway, course, path
Wilderness, sea, mountain, desert and mighty water all have one thing in common. What do you think that is? They are mammoth obstacles or barriers that either make it hard to cross or completely prevent crossing over.
That helps with understanding the intent behind the King James English as we determine the significance of these verses. So let me ramble for a bit as I study this.
From reading these verses, it is easy to see that they are capturing historic events relating to the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt as well as a prophecy concerning John the Baptist who literally lived in the wilderness.
God can do the impossible.
The Hebrew children living in Babylon faced mammoth obstacles. They were not free people, they were captives who needed hope for their future, a future that included a release from captivity.
As God assures them of their release (Isaiah 43:16, 17) He also reminds them of their history, of the great things He had done for them.
It is good to look back to see where we were and how far we have come and know that God wants to do a “new thing” for us, just as He did for the Israelites. Don’t stay focused on the past but look to forward to the new fresh thing that He is going to do.
This new thing for the Israelites would be a release from their captors by crossing in an impossible place, right through the Red Sea. While this was their escape route, their captors met a different fate. This path through the sea led to freedom and at the same time, it was the ‘end of the road’ for the other.
What man sees as impossible, God sees as possible.
This impassable way met the needs of the Israelites as a means of escape from their captors without them having to do anything except obey God to choose to cross through the walls of water.
God promised to do more than releasing them from captivity as He promised them fresh, new mercies which are today, available to you and I every morning.
Finding the Way
Who are the blind in Isaiah 42:16? Have you wondered that?
They are the Gentiles who desire to see, to be set free from their blindness. God will “lead them in paths that they have not known.” This path leads to the way, Jesus Christ, who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (John 14:6) Strangers to this way will no longer be strangers as Jesus welcomes them and teaches them about ‘the Way.’
The beauty of this is God not only leads them along paths they have never known but He will make darkness light and as they receive Jesus, He also promised to straighten out the crooked things. He will protect them on their journey. He promised to do this when He said “these things will I do unto them.” But more than that, we read the familiar words of “and not forsake them.”
The highways of Isaiah 49.11 will be “exalted highways” through the mountains and are leveled out for easy traveling. The leveling of the roads may be applied to spreading the Gospel which is hard work at times. We cannot do this in our own abilities but rather in the power of the Lord. God’s grace is sufficient for us as we live out and share the Gospel message along the way.
One with God can expect safe delivery to the new destination just as the Hebrews experienced when He delivered them from Babylon. Through God, they were able to overcome their mammoth obstacles and move forward into freedom.
God will make a way where there seems to be no way.
God is all-powerful and nothing can stop Him or slow Him down. The power He showed in dividing the Red Sea with a clear road for the travelers, is the same power He will use to make the mammoth mountains passable with roads and highways to lead you safely across to your freedom.
God has a Plan
If you read these verses in context, you will notice that through all of this, God has a plan. His plan for the Israelites was and is, to bring glory to His name. Isaiah 43:21, He did all this, making the impossible possible, so they would “show forth my praise.”
That is the same for us today. He removes the mammoth obstacles in our lives and in return, we can do nothing except to give Him glory and praises for what He has done.
God is holy and deserving of our praises no matter what. He desires that we offer ourselves as living sacrifices to Him and with our lips offer Him praises that is due Him.
God will be the overseer of leading His people, both Jew and Gentile. He will take care of them along the way and will mend (fix) them when they need repair just as He cared for the roads leading to the cities of refuge.
That’s a Wrap
God never breaks His promises. Though we are rebellious and we deserve nothing, Father God extends His great love to us and promises He will never leave us nor forsake us. He promised His chosen people, the Israelites, and He promises the Gentiles, those who have been adopted into His family. We can trust His promises.
He is our Father, the One who has mastered demolishing the mammoth obstacles in our way. What He has done for others, He will do for you.
From these verses, we learn that we need to
- seek God first
- trust in Father God, even when what He says doesn’t make sense
- obey Him for He knows what He is doing
- praise Him when you receive the victory
Nothing is impossible with God!
As always, I love hearing from you. What are your thoughts on this topical study of mammoth obstacles? Please leave a comment for me, below.