The Way of the People

For the Lord spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying: ”Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’ Concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, Nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; Let Him be your fear, And let Him be your dread. He will be as a sanctuary, But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense To both the houses of Israel, As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
— Isaiah 8:11-14 NKJV, emphasis added

As I read through the Scriptures, I find that there are three types of people: those who are mad, those who are foolish, and those who are good (Ecclesiastes). Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and even to believe it is true. However, the fundamental basis of a matter or conclusion should always be what one hears the Father say. I’m not ignoring the fact that the Father has raised up God-fearing people who are imbued with wisdom and can give counsel. But when the Father speaks, we are to walk in His way and not the way of a people who are wayward and have strayed from the Lord.

Our world today is filled with the voices of people espousing a myriad of different beliefs and ideas. Many of these may be good and we can learn from them. But there are questions we must ask first. How is their construct in the Lord? What is their internal capacity for carrying God? It is easy to fall into the trap of seeing, hearing, and giving in to emotion. This in itself can be costly and cause us to make wrong decisions. Walking the road less traveled is lonesome, but the Father never leaves us. People who are negative and pessimistic, with no perspective of the things of God, tend to cry out, “Bad! There’s no way! It’s going to fail!” We who are the Father’s children must be of a different Spirit.

There is a fear that is orchestrated by man that produces the works of the flesh! It doubts the promises of the Father and brings blindness. Then there is the fear of the Lord: a holy fear, an honorable fear, an un-flinched fear filled with the boldness of those who know the Father. When the Father becomes our fear, all other fears fade away because we realize that we have an unbreakable family bond with the Maker of the heavens and the earth, the One who made us in His own image and likeness. It is Him and Him alone who possesses all the answers we will ever need. Walking and staying soundly in the way of our Father is the greatest source of strength that we will ever have.