The Way of the Yashar

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    We were standing on a ridge overlooking a vast desert expanse.  The teacher began reciting the words of the prophet:  “‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.'”  How does the prophet describe the way of God?”

    “The way of God is straight,” I replied.

    “That’s right,” he said.  “And in physics, in geometry, in space, what is the shortest distance between two points?”

    “A straight line.”

    “And not just in the physical realm, but in the spiritual realm as well.  The way to walk the path of God is to walk straight.”

    “How do you walk straight in the spiritual realm?”

    “A straight line is a consistent line.  It has only one direction.  The opposite of a straight line is a crooked or wavering line, a line that’s inconsistent and follows more than one direction.  But the more the line wavers, the longer it takes to get to the same point.  So the more you waver on your path in God, the more you veer back and forth, the more time it takes, the more effort you must put in, and the more energy you must spend to get to the same place.  And the less you will go forward.  And in the end, the wavering and crooked road is the much harder path, and the straight path, the much easier.  For it is the straight path that takes less time, with less effort and less energy spent.  And it’s the straight path that allows you to go farther.”

    “How exactly do you apply that in the spiritual realm?”

    “You walk with a single aim, a single motive, a single goal, and a single heart.  You eliminate any wavering to the right or the left of that goal.  And whatever doesn’t line up with your calling, with your faith, with your convictions, and your purpose, you climinate it from your life.  You eliminate it from your actions, your words, your thoughts.  When you walk straight, everything lines up-your words with your actions, your actions with your faith, your life with your heart.  And one more thing,” he said, “in the prophecy, the word straight is the Hebrew yashar.  And yashar also means good, upright, pleasant, and prosperous.  And those are the blessings that are given to those who ‘make straight’ their path and walk in the way of the yashar.”

    The Mission:  Today, make it your aim to eliminate all wavering in your life and whatever is not in line with God’s will.  Walk and live in a straight line.

    Isaiah 40:3-5; Hebrews 12:13

    Cahn, Jonathan. “The Way of the Yashar.” The Book of Mysteries. Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine, 2016. Day 82. Print.
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    "Baruch haba ba'Shem Adonai !"
    "Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the LORD !"

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