Inner Work, Outer Glory

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“Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth” (Luke 3:5).

The great work God has called you to do will first begin with His great work within you. There are four promises from God that will position you for great success in your Christian life if you believe and yield to His inner work. He promises:

I will fill every valley.

According to Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, the word valley or ravine is sometimes figurative of “a condition of loneliness and danger”. As in “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me” (Psalms 23:4, NLT). We live in a comfortless world that is filled with fear. What will satisfy your loneliness is the knowledge and awareness that God is with you and His word is there to comfort and guide you.

Every mountain and hill shall be brought low.

This includes high attitudes and views that God didn’t give you, high goals you feel can’t reach, and people in high places that try to hinder God’s move in your life. These are all brought low into submission of God’s will. Anything that tries to stand in the way of God fulfilling His divine purpose of being glorified in your life will not be able to stand. The Holy Spirit brings it low.

The crooked shall be made straight.

Crooked comes from the Greek word, “skolios”. It means curved, perverse and froward. A curvature of the spine can cause someone to not stand upright. We live in a world where people are not living right. Their beliefs and values are way off. We ourselves can have beliefs and values that are way off and only the power of God is strong enough to straighten things out in our lives. God’s truth can help you live right, think right and treat people right.

The rough ways shall be made smooth.

What are rough ways? If you have ever driven on an unpaved gravel road, you know that the ride can be rough. Our first response can be, “I wish someone would pave this road.” We desire a smooth life with less bumps and bruises, but we have to learn to yield to God and obey Him. Let God have control of your life. Do whatever He tells us to do and you’ll experience less heartache. “Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.” (Proverbs 13:15) A smooth life is what Jesus came to give you.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for speaking directly to my heart by Your Holy Spirit. I ask that You fill every lacking place in my heart and life. Bring everything low that is trying to exalt itself against the knowledge of You. Cause anything crooked and perverse in me to be made straight and make every rough place in me to be made smooth. I pray that You have Your way in and through me. I surrender my life You Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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