“Ye’ll take the high road, and I’ll take the low road.” These melancholy words from an old Irish folk song have rung in the hearts of everyone who hears them. And while much could be said about the song itself, the idea of a high and low road certainly presents and interesting window through which to view the Scriptures.
In Isaiah 55:9, God palpably proclaims, “as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Jehovah does not mince words about the fact that He knows more than us. And in His saying that, it becomes manifest that when He gives direction to our lives, that direction is indeed going to be better than the direction we can give for ourselves. Consider also that the Holy Spirit repeatedly speaks of our temporary physical life in terms of a path to be walked. Notably, Jesus says, “Enter by the narrow gate… for the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matt. 7:14).
It is from within these two Scriptural principles that the idea of walking a “higher road” begins to take shape. God has outlined a clear path for his people to follow. It is a path with a higher standard of living for God’s child. It is the higher road for the Christian pilgrim.
There are many results about which Christians could talk concerning this high road, but take some time to consider the following three.
Greater obedience — God’s higher ways mean that when He gives us a directive, He has the authority to demand obedience. Interestingly, He does not demand obedience, but knowing who He ought to draw us into greater desire to obey Him.
Greater trust — God’s promises never fail. Never. As concerns His honesty, God’s ways are higher than our own. His power and holy honesty give us even more reason to trust that when His “high road” points us to a new height, He will give us the strength & skill to reach it.
Greater confidence — The love that God has for us is, in many ways, unbelievable. It is difficult to fathom that God, who is perfectly holy, would love weakened creatures like us. And yet, because in His love, His ways are higher than our own, we can be confident that nothing can separate from that love. Nothing can tear us from His protective hand as long as we cling to Him.
Make it part of your prayer life this week to remember that God’s ways are higher than your own. Make it a goal to be greater in the areas discussed above.
-Submitted by Dan Lankford