1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, while Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Iturea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, God’s word came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 He went into all the vicinity of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4 as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah: A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight! 5 Every valley will be filled, and every mountain and hill will be made low; the crooked will become straight, the rough ways smooth, 6 and everyone will see the salvation of God.
What if I told you we each have an innate blueprint planned, prepared, coordinated, engineered, and labeled by God to have the best life possible with Him? What if I told you we already messed it up? Hear me out…
I grew up as an electrician’s daughter. Because my dad was also an entrepreneur, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t familiar with stripping wire, cleaning the shop, shredding paper, and, of course, the design of blueprints by the electrical designer.
I remember the blueprint in particular because of the creativity, efficiency, meticulous attention to detail, and planning that went into each project to ensure its success. Every project was planned, prepared, engineered, labeled, and intentionally coordinated down to each outlet to create a safe and satisfying outcome for everyone. The blueprint was SO important that if anything was off (even a little bit), there could be some high-end damage.
Like this electrical blueprint, God created a blueprint for each of our lives. He prepared the way, planned, coordinated, engineered, and labeled what our lives should include. It was made with love, justice, and boundaries so we might live a full life of peace, hope, freedom, love, and opportunity with Him. This plan was intended to guide us, always keeping our best interests at heart.
But sin entered the world and skewed the blueprint of our lives. As a result, we now live in a skewed world with skewed perspectives. If this isn’t fixed, it could (like the electrical design of a project) end in some high-end damage. In fact, sin can forever damage the perfect blueprint God intends us to experience—unless someone interrupts its impact.
As we see in today’s scripture, Jesus came to make every crooked path straight and every rough patch smooth. He interrupts our skewed blueprint to replace, redesign, guide, atone, and make a way for us to be with Him and to live for Him.
I don’t know the ins and outs of how your personal blueprint is skewed, but God does. I do know that when Jesus interrupts our blueprints, it’s not always convenient and at times can be incredibly uncomfortable. BUT we know His desire is for us to know Him more every day and to live for Him in every way. He came to make our crooked paths straight and our rough patches smooth.
The question I pose to you is this: will you let Him?
Questions to Ask Yourself
- In what ways is your blueprint skewed?
- How do you see the Lord making your blueprint new this week?
- How do you react when the Lord interrupts your skewed blueprint?
Pray for missionary workers around the world to have opportunities to share the hope of Jesus with their neighbors in a natural season of hopeful anticipation for a new year. Pray for someone you could share the gospel with this week.