Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
I like straight roads – the kind you find that rise and fall over rolling hills are my favorite. Unfortunately, I do not find too many of those, especially in this land of 10,000 lakes. Our Minnesota roads often curve to follow rivers, or go around the many lakes, ponds, and wetlands.
This love of straight paths also applies to my life, I like the straight paths, and not the wild journey I often find my faith and life traveling. I think this is the trip that Solomon was talking about in this Proverb. So what’s the secret to a straight path? First trust the one in front. Have you every been following someone to a destination only to find yourself second guessing their choice of routes? I’ve been know to even break off from following and head my own way. More often then not, I should have followed.
This proverb teaching that same point – follow the Lord with confidence and trust that he knows best. Don’t go with your gut on this one. God definitely has the better perspective on this trip. He can see the roads that are flooded or filled with potholes and dead ends.
But the second piece of advice is just as important, “In all your ways acknowledge him.” That does not mean give him lip service, he does not need us to keep telling him he is doing a good job. He desires that we acknowledge him by applying all that he has taught us along the way.
Next time your “short cut” doesn’t save you time or miles remember the advice of Solomon and let the Lord make your paths straight, after all this is a promise from God.
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
Hebrews 12:1-3 (ESV)