The Recipe For Straight Paths
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
When a path isn’t straight, it obviously takes longer to get to our destination. So when God makes our paths straight we waste less time and energy getting to the place he is leading us. I don’t know about you, but I want God to direct me on his paths. I don’t want to be all over the place like the Israelites in the wilderness but rather to travel straight, in the right direction, so I can arrive where God wants me without delay.
In this proverb, Solomon gives us 3 instructions to follow if we want God to make our paths straight:
- Trust in the LORD with all your heart. We must believe that God’s ways are better, that he is wise and will do what is best, and that we can rely fully on him for all we need.
- Lean not on your own understanding. Don’t assume that you’re wise enough to get by on your own. Even in what appears to be a small decision, fight the urge to go with your intuition and what you understand to be best. Pray and seek God's guidance instead!
- In all your ways submit to him. This is the phrase that seemed to jump off the page at me this morning. One of the biggest things God has been speaking to me about through the Crazy Ones sermon series this past month is this: Knowledge about how to follow Christ, or claiming to follow Christ, without actually following him doesn’t do any good! Even Satan knows how to be a Christ follower. Being a Christ follower demands we actually submit to him and follow his lead.
I believe it was because Israel failed to do a combination of these 3 things that caused them to wander in the wilderness for 40 years. I don't know about you, but I don't want it to take 40 years to take a 2 month journey! Taking the above 3 things seriously will significantly alter your journey through this life.
God, I want to grow and mature at an accelerated rate! I want to arrive at the destinations you are leading me to without delay! Please help me to trust in you instead of myself and to actually submit to you and obey you. Show me the specific areas I’m not submitting in, that are keeping my path crooked and keeping me from what you have in store for me. Amen.