The Perfection of Ways

“Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.” Isaiah 40:4

A couple of nights ago as I was reading in the book of Isaiah, this portion of scripture fairly startled me with its beauty and dynamic truth. Think about these words:

Every valley shall be exalted

Ever been in a valley? Of course, you have. All of us have experienced low places, discouraging moments, feelings of futility and echoes of abandonment. Low places…valleys, ditches. But hear the mighty prophet: Every valley shall be exalted! That deep valley, that low place, that discouraging time, that ragged spot shall be exalted, lifted, and elevated.

Every mountain and hill shall be made low…

At times, each of us have come against barriers, mountains and obstacles. We put our shoulders against them, push and shove, but sometimes all seems futile. But not when God takes charge! Listen: Every mountain and hill shall be made low! That situation that seems impossible, that boulder too high to see over, with one word from God will be annihilated…gone…wiped away.

The crooked shall be made straight…

What twists and distortions do we see in our lives. Staggering, discombobulated, turned in every wrong direction, facing the opposite way, looking down a muddy road. But here comes Jesus…and quickly, easily, the crooked is made straight.

Rough places made plain…


Some days are so rough, we can hardly hang on. We’re snatching and grabbing and reaching and calling for help. Our sails are torn, the waves high. Rough places. Rock strewn lanes, boulders and mud and gutters. But sweet Jesus, the One of the gentle voice, the giver of peace, the calmer of the sea reveals that now are the rough places made plain.

So for today, my friends, be lifted, elevated and perfected…by Jesus Christ.





About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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10 Responses to The Perfection of Ways

  1. inhisgrace says:

    thanks for the encouraging words. always nice to see you put things in His perspective. blessed week to you.

  2. tommyjoe says:

    It’s all a part of knowing Jesus and knowing yourself—and coming to terms with both—for His glory! Love, Sis. Contino

  3. Larry says:

    God always leads to what we need to hear.


  4. Shirley says:

    Blessings Sister Contino, Tommyjoe, and Larry. Thank you for your comments.

  5. writeathome says:

    Beautiful, Sister Buxton. I’ve never heard this Scripture explained this way before, but it makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing.


  6. helenl says:

    Nice dovotional. Love, Helen

  7. Shirley says:

    Good morning, everybody. Thank you for your kind remarks. I admire you for your love of the Word of God.

  8. kikikaria says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, Sis. Buxton. I really, really liked this devotional! As far as I’m concerned, it ranks right up there with “My Utmost for His Highest”!!!! I felt so encouraged and uplifted by this. Thank you for allowing God to use you to uplift and edify. I love you!


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