The Highway Experience

by APC on November 04, 2015

There are people in life who seem to have everything planned out. They have points B, C, D, and all the way to Z mapped out before they get to A. Sometimes these individuals live by the mantra, “it’s my way or the highway.” They might get a little bent out of shape when things don’t go their way.

These people are just crazy. I would know because I’m one of them. You may have someone in mind that fits the bill already. If you don’t, someone may have you in mind!

We may not be a meticulous planner in our daily life, but we all have this “quality” in our spiritual life. Whether or not we are honest with ourselves, we have a plan for how we think God should work in our life. We get an arrogant attitude and think we know more than the Creator of the universe, and that God better stick to our plan. This is a scary thought to think and even scarier place to be.

Jeremiah was a prophet who was obedient to God and prophesied what God spoke to him. Because he listened to the Lord, he angered the king and found himself in a dungeon, sinking down into the filthy mire (Jeremiah 38:6).

Living in this present world, we will inevitably endure a trial, spiritual valley, persecution, or face our own personal dungeon. We will sink further down into our situation with no way out except God make a way. While we have faith that God will bring us out, we really fail to exercise our faith because we pre-designate the way God’s going to deliver us.

Because Jeremiah was obedient to God, and had faith in His deliverer, it wasn’t long afterward that God sent Ebed-melech to free him. Scripture tells us: “So Ebed-melech took the men with him and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah” (Jeremiah 38:11, KJV).

Jeremiah’s road to deliverance wasn’t glamourous. He had to put old rotten rags under his armpits to be lifted up from the dungeon to freedom. Jeremiah may have had an idea in his mind’s eye as to how God would work a miracle, but he went with what God provided. His attitude was not “my way or the highway.”

When we make up our minds for how God will work in our life, we limit Him, plain and simple. We wait for the exact deliverance to come in the exact way we imagine it. Without realizing it, we’ve shut ourselves off to other avenues God wants to work. We’ve set up spiritual roadblocks! When we live by the spiritual mantra of “it’s my way or the highway,” we’re truly missing out on the highway experience.

Jesus told a parable about a man who made a great supper and asked many to eat with him, but his guest made excuses as to why they couldn’t attend. Therefore, he sent his servants to gather people from the highways to fill his house (Luke 14:16–24). Those who wanted to receive a blessing their way and per their own timetable missed out. The people in the highway who took advantage of the opportunity received a blessing.

When we choose our own path it may just be the road to ruin. We forget that God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts. The “highway” just may be the better route to take to see God perform a miracle in our life. His highway may not be a beautifully paved road, but full of gravel, potholes, a little mud, and some roadkill. His highway ends in deliverance. Are we willing to take it?