Crooked Roads


Proverbs 3:6

In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight


I think it was the moonshine!  I can’t prove it but I think it had something to do with it.  I grew up where the roads were not straight.  On the 8-mile road trip to one school I attended there were 2 “dead man” curves.  You would travel east to get west and south to get north.  As a child who cared?  As a burgeoning adult learning to drive it was something more important.  The first time I took my wife back home she got sick on the roads because of their curvy nature.  I had not yet adapted out of them and didn’t pay attention to my speed.  I was whipping around the corners and curves on nearly two wheels.  She was green and scrambling for a bowl!  When we moved to Oklahoma it was a vastly different situation. Because the state was divided up into sections the roads were laid out on one-mile squares and they were straight!  I recall the first couple of years remarking how easy it was to get around.

It was so much easier to go straight!  While I understand that roads go around the mountains rather than through them for economic reasons they are still easier to travel straight.  So many times my life has felt like that road sign.  I twist and turn instead of just going straight!  The Bible says to acknowledge, or think about, the Lord in all of our ways and He will make our paths straight.  Consider these areas of your life:

  • Marriage / Dating
  • Parent and/or Child
  • Work or School
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Passions
  • Recreational Choices
  • Vocabulary and Speech

The Bible says that we are to acknowledge Him.  What does that mean?  I am sure it does not mean a casual wink-wink- nudge-nudge affair.  To acknowledge God is to recognize His position.  If you have placed faith in Jesus and turned over your life to God then He holds the highest position.  Before faith, Satan owned you and made you feel warped and crooked.  Now that you have placed faith in Jesus, God owns you and wants to make those paths straight.

Demolition.  In order to do that the old road has to be demolished so a new road can be put into place.  There is no use trying to sort out what can and can’t be used of that crooked path we called a life.  Let it be demolished and a new one put in its place.  There will be sentimental value in some areas but the price you pay is far less than the pain of regret.

Dig.  The straight road often goes through the mountains rather than around.  God wants to tunnel through some of your issues and problems.  In God’s economy this is the best option.  He can afford the upfront cost and understands that a straight road travels faster than a crooked one.

Develop.  A new road must be built and begins with layering the dirt and packing it down.  A good foundation is required otherwise the road will fall apart.  The Bible says that Jesus is that firm foundation

Drive.  Out on the open road of forgiveness and freedom is exhilarating!  Get in.  Buckle up.  Hold on.  Throw your head back and laugh with the Lord Jesus today!

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