Going Straight

William C. Brownson

READ : Proverbs 3:1-8

One of the tests sometimes administered to those suspected of drunk driving involves “walking a straight line.” Those who are turning from a life of crime are often described as “going straight.” Just as “crookedness” symbolizes wrongdoing, a “straight path” suggests moral uprightness.

Our Scripture passage today points the way to the moral, God-approved integrity (vv. 5-6). We are called to trust the Lord wholeheartedly, and not to rely on our own judgment. We are to seek God’s direction by his Word and Spirit.

Finally, we are to “acknowledge him” in all our ways. What does that mean? Think of it this way. You are talking with a circle of friends and another friend walks up to join you. If you ignore her, and keep on talking among yourselves, you are treating her as though she didn’t exist. If you greet her and open the circle to her presence, you recognize her as a valued person. You acknowledge her. That’s what we do when we welcome God into every part of our lives. We acknowledge him. We welcome his presence.

For those who do, God gives a rich promise of guidance and the power to live rightly. “He will make straight your paths.”


Help us, Lord, at every step we take to keep you in mind. We trust you to make our paths straight. Amen.