These words were spoken about John the Baptist by Isaiah, the prophet, hundreds of years before John was born. Isaiah was describing John’s future ministry. He would clear the road by instructing the people to turn from their sins and begin to look for their future King.
The way is prepared if a royal family member visits a village, town or city. Roads are cleared, areas are cordoned off, and barriers are erected to keep the royals safe. Though thousands upon thousands of people turn out for these occasions, the path is kept clear.
And so it must be in our spiritual lives. Even though thousands of thoughts may pass through our minds and another million things need to be done, we need to cordon off an area of our lives where the King may come. Clear the road, make time and prepare the way for the Lord to come. Barricade a particular time of the day just for Him. This should not be a one-off occasion like a royal visit but a daily discipline. Setting aside regular time each day for prayer and meditation can develop into the habit of a lifetime.
Think of the amount of planning that has gone into the King’s coronation this weekend. Every detail from the procession, the outfits planned to be worn by the guests, the church service, the invitations, the menus, and the music, to mention only a few details that I have overheard on the news during the week. Everything is carefully thought out to the finest detail. It will be a momentous occasion.
But a far greater coronation is that of the King of Kings. What will it be on that day when heaven and earth are rolled up like a scroll, and we stand before our Christ, seeing Him seated in His rightful place at the right hand of the Lord Most High?
“When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honour at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.” Hebrews 1:3 NLT
“And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new.” Revelation 21:5 NLT