“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. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” Isaiah 35:8–10 ESV
Two summers ago, my eldest two girls and I drove down the long dirt driveway to our neighbors house. They had made a few extra cookies and wanted to share some with our neighbors. These particular neighbors had a german shepherd named Bullet. Bullet ventured down to our home from time to time, but he never was a real problem on our land. Meeting Bullet on his turf though was something quite different.
As we drove closer to their home, Bullet came barreling towards us. I had my window all the way open, and he was ferociously barking and snarling at us. I rolled my window most of the way up and the neighbors came out of their home. I tried to yell to them that the girls had made some cookies. They looked concerned and said, DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR TRUCK! Bullet was the fiercest and maddest dog I have ever seen. This ravenous beast came upon our path and we could not pass.
There are two paths of life. One is the way of the wise, which leads to eternal life in heaven. The other is the way of the fool, which leads to eternal death in hell. One is built upon the foundational rock of Christ. The other is placed upon the shifting sand of the world. One will withstand the storms of life, while the other will crumble and fall. Two Paths:
You gain entrance to the path of life through Christ. He is the door and the gate keeper to this path. This path is also called the way of holiness. On this path, there are no ravenous beasts which can completely remove us from the path. Oh there are many things that can slow us down and hinder our progress. But we need not fear any of them. The way of holiness is protected by our King. This path has a destination of the eternal Zion. Those on this path will sing with everlasting joy and gladness!