Welcome to our online Bible study on Luke!
Read: Luke 3:1-20
Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.
Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.
And all people will see God’s salvation. (Luke 3:4-6)
John the Baptist quoted these verses from Isaiah 40. I’ve had these beloved words posted in my kitchen for ten years or longer. Back then, I felt like this was promised to me as release from a time in the wilderness. I ached to see freedom and the glorious salvation of God. So I posted them in hope.
Nothing spectacular happened.
I’d read the words over and over, praying for God to show me what needed to be made straight in my life for His glory to shine. But there were two faults in my thinking.
First, it’s not about me.
I knew this prophesy was about Jesus, but I wanted it to be for me too. I wanted the craggy terrain of my life to be smooth and straight. I wanted relief. I wanted to be astonished at what God could do in my life.
Sometimes in our empty places, we grasp promises for ourselves when they were meant for a cause vastly bigger. God, please forgive me making your Scripture small.
Second, Scripture points to Jesus and so should my life.
John boldly accused the crowd of merely trying to escape wrath and not really living an effective faith. And they cried out, “What should we do?” The question pricks my heart.
What should we do to prepare the way for the Lord?
How should my life, reflect Scripture and point to Jesus?
In Luke Chapter 3, Jesus has not yet been revealed as the Messiah. We are learning how God set the stage for His majestic entrance.
We are to prepare the way for the Lord so everyone can see God’s salvation.
The question to ask is, “What should we do?”
Reading the words valleys, mountains, crooked, and rough ways, it’s easy to visualize the obstacles that might lie in the path of the wanderer. God wants to redeem those areas in our lives that feel like crooked valleys and rough ways.
Will we let Him? Will we invite Him in?