“I will lead the blind in a way which they did not understand, and I will make them tread paths which they have not seen. I will make to them darkness into light, and the crooked into the straight. I will do these words (rhema) and I will not forsake them” (Isaiah 42:16).
This great prophetic chapter of Isaiah begins; “Behold! My Servant” and prophesies of the coming of the Messiah. Then He says; “Behold! The former things have come to pass; now I do new things”.
One of the new things is that He will lead the blind in a way which they had not understood; the walk that He was to lead them on was to be strange to them; of course, it was a completely new and different covenant way of which He was speaking. The pre-condition to being thus led He refers to as blindness, and the blind are later described as “the servant of the Lord” and one who is “at peace” with Him.
Blindness, in the sense that it used here, means blind to all else but God, having no objective in yourself other than to follow the Father. A little child being taken on a journey doesn’t know where he is going; he cannot visualize that which he has never seen before; but he is unafraid, because he just puts his hand in that of his father and trusts him to lead him wherever it is they are going. It is not the destination that is the important fact to the child; it is that he is holding his father’s hand.
This is the trust that God calls us to; He calls it faith.
“Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).
“Converted” is the Greek strepho and means to turn about, or change fundamentally; to become another type of person altogether. Jesus used the term “born again “ to speak of what actually is meant to take place on conversion; Nicodemus didn’t understand what Jesus meant, but what He was saying is that we must begin our lives all over again; become like little children by putting our hand in His and being led in a new way and on a new path, which only He knows and understands. That is what the scripture is telling us when it says;
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those having faith in His name” (John 1:12).
Children we have to be, if He is to be our Father.
The new ways and paths upon which He leads us are things that we have never seen, nor comprehended before; darkness is turned into light and the crooked becomes straight. In the natural world these things cannot be; so the scripture is telling us that we are entering a kingdom in which the supernatural replaces the natural.
We are to be born again into a new life in a new world. To enter that new life and discover that new world we must approach it as little children, holding firmly and trustingly the hand of the Father. Then, and only then, you will have the peace that surpasses understanding.