"The Way Of The Just"       

Isaiah 26:7


     When Isaiah spoke of the day of grace and salvation, he described those who are saved by God's almighty grace as a people who walk with the living God in sweet communion (Read vv. 7-9). Communion with God is "the way of the just." And it is the way of uprightness. There is in every believer a principle of communion with God in Christ. Like Enoch, all who live by faith in Christ walk with God.

     The first motion of spiritual life is the return of the sinner to his God. To be saved is to come to God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Heb. 7:25; Matt. 11:28). As the prodigal, "when he came to himself..arose and came to his father," so the regenerate sinner comes to God, being reconciled to him by grace.

     Spiritual life, the life of grace, grows as we continue coming to God through Christ, our Mediator (I Pet. 2:1-4). Coming to Christ is not something we have done. It is something we are doing. It is not an act of life, but our way of life. As we behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, that gives us peace, rest and hope. And in proportion as we know more of God, as he reveals himself to us in the Person of his dear Son, we grow in Christ and grow in grace. The knowledge of God is the meat and drink of faith. Faith ever seeks to know God our Savior (Phil. 3:10).

     The most important, most beautiful, most useful, most practical aspect of the believer's life is com- munion with God (Read Lk. 10:38-42). Communion with God is the fruit and evidence of faith and the essence of true worship. Communion with God is the source of true, spiritual knowledge. Mary learned of God as she sat at the Savior's feet and heard his words. Communion with God is the fountain of holiness, good works and service to Christ and his people. Who ever did greater service for Christ and his church than that dear, redeemed sinner who knelt at the Savior's feet, washed them with her tears, wiped them with her hair, and anointed him for his burial? Who knew or did more than that dear lady (Matt. 26:6-13)? If we would serve our God, if we would be useful to one another, if we would know God, if we would honor him, we must seek to constantly walk with him in the fellowship and communion of life, faith and love. This is "the way of the just."


Don Fortner