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This is the Way, Walk in It
“The Lord will give you the bread you need and the water for which you thirst. No longer will your Teacher hide himself, but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher, While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears: ‘This is the way; walk in it,’ when you would turn to the right or to the left.” This passage is about trusting in the Lord, rather than in the things of the world. The bread that we need and the water we thirst for, that is, the Living Water of eternal life can come from the Lord alone. He who, in the past, had made the people blind and deaf through prophetic messages (Isaiah 6:9-10) and who in his anger hid his face from the house of Jacob (Isaiah 8:17) is now helping us to understand his teaching. How? He has sent us his only Son to teach us what living in accord with the will of God looks like. In Jesus he has taught us the depths of the Father’s love, what it looks like in action in the real world. And when Jesus ascended back to the Father, he did not leave us alone. He gave us his Spirit to continue to teach and to guide us, to fill us with the knowledge and the faith that we need to be true disciples of Christ. In another sense here, we are reminded of the gift of our consciences. It is this part of our intelligence that is appealed to most in all things moral, in all things involving knowledgeable and free choices between good and evil, right and wrong. The Spirit teaches us the way, encourages us with grace to stay on the narrow path. When we begin to stray off…