I first began writing about the Highway of Holiness twenty years ago, when I was seventeen years old. So, I was blown away when I first heard Bob Jones preach about it and lay out Isaiah 55 as the “conditions” for walking on it.In order to walk on the Highway of Holiness, you need to be willing to set your own thoughts and ways aside so that you can live according to God’s thoughts and God’s ways.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
If you’ve spent decades in dead religion, than this may sound like a rather constricting proposition. However, keep in mind that religious thoughts and ways are in opposition to God because they substitute carnal striving and pride for the treasures of God’s thoughts. The ways and thoughts of God are much higher than our religious traditions. Learning God’s thoughts and ways doesn’t describe doing things for God, but doing things in God. This is what Jesus was referring to when he said we can’t bear fruit unless we learn to abide in God and let God abide in us. (See John 15) We receive revelation of God’s thoughts and ways by learning to abide in His Spirit all the time and becoming more aware of His Spirit working in us.
The thoughts of God are so breathtakingly beautiful and captivating that I can’t imagine why anyone would not want to spend his entire life exploring them. The most remarkable thing about God’s thoughts is that they actually involve us personally. David explained:
“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.” (Psalm 139:17-18)
What did David find so precious about God’s thoughts? Why was he so utterly captivated by them? The context of this scripture makes it clear. Just before David said this, he explained how the thoughts of God concerned him personally:
“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.” (Psalm 139:1-18)
Notice the spiritual realities that David is describing here. He became aware of God’s presence enveloping every aspect of his life, from his very conception until the present day. He describes how God is completely “familiar” with every aspect of his life. He is overwhelmed by the revelation that he is “hemmed in” on every side by the inescapable Presence of God. This is describing what it feels like to be walking in the highway of holiness. You won’t be able to go anywhere without God. Whether you’re encountering the darkest forces that hell can unleash or you’re discovering the glorious beauty of heaven itself, God is right there with you, bombarding you with his endless love, beauty, and His sustaining Spirit. Once you begin walking in the thoughts of God that concern your life personally, it’s like discovering the most romantic lover imaginable. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to get off this road.
How will you discover God's thoughts towards you today?
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The thoughts of God are so breathtakingly beautiful and captivating that I can’t imagine why anyone would not want to spend his entire life exploring them.