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"Going Straight"

October 10, 2004

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In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

The prison doors clank shut for the last time, and the paroled convict marches out into the blinding sunlight carrying his few belongings. The words of the warden still ring in his ears, “We know you have served as a model prisoner in here. Now you have a chance. Are you going straight? It’s up to you.”

Going straight. Words ridiculed by some, intent on fighting the system. Words treasured by others, determined to make good, to conquer the alcohol or drug problem, to turn over a new leaf. What of us? We have admitted at times going nowhere, bogged down by routine, trapped in our own lifestyle. We have also confessed at times going astray on the alluring road to destruction.

The proverb simply states, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” We can’t go straight on our own. The devil, the world, and our sinful flesh conspire to defeat us. But God can make our paths straight. He acknowledges us as His children because His Son traveled that straight path to the cross, where He defeated the unholy trinity mentioned above. In our baptism and Christian education God places our feet on the straight path and gives us the desire and the strength to acknowledge Him in all our ways. Prison doors of sin and death clank behind us, and we walk out into the sunlight of a new life – going straight, by God’s grace – with heaven as the destination.

PRAYER: Lord, I need You to keep me on the straight path. Thank You for sending Your Son to walk the straight path to the cross for my salvation. Amen.

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