The righteousness of the blameless will smooth his way,
But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness, (11:5).
This chapter is replete with principles for righteous living. But when I read about “the righteousness of the blameless,” I was immediately reminded there is only One Who is righteous and there is only one way that we can be declared righteous in the sight of Holy God.
and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, (Philippians 3:9).
But we also know that when we are saved and justified by faith, life still has its fair share of bumps along the way. It is the righteousness of the blameless, Jesus Christ, and Christ alone Who Smooths Our Way.
Consider Him Who Smooths Our Way
Smooth: 3474. יָשַׁר yāšar: A verb meaning to be straight, to be upright, to be smooth, to be pleasing. When it means straight, it applies in a physical and an ethical sense as in straightforward…This word is also used to mean pleasing… It can also mean to make (or be) smooth or even…” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.
When we place our faith in Jesus Christ our King, He does the impossible and Smooths Our Way.
“I am the Lord, your Holy One,
The Creator of Israel, your King.”
16 Thus says the Lord,
Who makes a way through the sea
And a path through the mighty waters,
17 Who brings forth the chariot and the horse,
The army and the mighty man
(They will lie down together and not rise again;
They have been quenched and extinguished like a wick):
18 “Do not call to mind the former things,
Or ponder things of the past.
19 “Behold, I will do something new,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert,” (Isaiah 34:15-19).
It’s not that we won’t ever trip up and fall along the way, but He Smooths Our Way so that we are not hurled headlong. The wicked will fall by his own wickedness, but when we trust the Lord to hold our hand, He will keep us on the path of life to walk uprightly and pleasing to the Father, that we would continue straightforward in His will.
The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
24 When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong,
Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand, (Psalm 37:23-24).
Smooth does not mean easy; but it does mean He will make a way when we hit the bumps.
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it, (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV).
How do we respond to Him Who Smooths Our Way?
We cannot expect Him to Smooth Our Way, if we ignore His voice.
A voice is calling,
“Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness;
Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God,” (Isaiah 40:3).
Today, let’s ask Him, what needs to be cleared out of our life. And let us respond in honest confession, obedience and faith so that He has freedom to Smooth Our Way with His compassion.
He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion, (Proverbs 28:13).
Besides the principles laid out in this chapter, it is also replete with the blessings that come from Him Who Smooths Our Ways as we follow those righteous principles in faith:
Integrity, guidance, deliverance from death and trouble, blessing, trustworthiness, victory, grace, honor, mercy, reward, steadfastness, life, blamelessness, delight, goodness, increase, prosperity, diligence, flourishing, growth, winning souls, rewarded.
Let’s take time to look at the list of blessings bestowed by Him Who Smooths Our Way. Are there any of His blessings we are lacking? Are there areas that are uneven or crooked? As the Lord speaks, let us respond to His voice as we humbly clear away any obstacle that hinders or delays making ourselves ready for Him to Smooth Our Way.
And it will be said,
“Build up, build up, prepare the way,
Remove every obstacle out of the way of My people.”
15 For thus says the high and exalted One
Who lives forever, whose name is Holy,
“I dwell on a high and holy place,
And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit
In order to revive the spirit of the lowly
And to revive the heart of the contrite,” (Isaiah 57:14-15).