Daily Devotional

Straight Paths

by Simon Whitton

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

Straight paths and crooked paths are mentioned a number of times in the Old and New Testaments.  If you read through the references to them, it soon becomes clear that crooked paths should be avoided at all costs and straight paths desired greatly.

Scriptures indicate that those who walk on crooked paths will walk in darkness, they will stumble and be trapped.  They will have no peace.  This is the path of the wicked, the path of those who lack judgment.  The Lord is against them and they will be 'brought down'.  The path eventually leads to death.

However, those who walk on straight paths walk in the light, the path is secure, taking you away from death.  It is the path of blessing and leads to life.  This is obviously the path we should keep to, and we should be careful not to wander off onto crooked paths.

Without righteousness there can only be crooked paths.  'The way of the righteous' are straight paths, you can't separate righteousness and straights paths.

The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight way for them,
but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.

Proverbs 11:5 (NIV)

'The righteousness of the blameless' is the Lord Himself; we don't stay on the straight paths by obeying the law.  Our righteousness comes from trust or faith in Christ.

and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--
the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.

Philippians 3:9 (NIV)

It is Christ who is our righteousness, and it's Christ who leads us along straight paths.  Without Him we would wander off the path and be lost.  We must rely on Him alone.

Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies--
make straight our way before me.

Psalm 5:8 (NIV)

Know that there are straight paths through life, they are the safe way and are paths of blessing.  You don't travel on them by adherence to the law but by faith in the Lord.  He knows the paths well and desires to lead you along the way; the way that leads to life.

Spend some time praying, and give to the Lord the burdens you are carrying; your circumstances, worries, concerns and sin.  Choose to trust Him, take His hand and ask the 'righteous one' to lead you along the straight way, the level and smooth path, the path of peace.

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