Text: Proverbs 3:5-6
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.
Here is a wonderful promise: “He, the Lord, will make your paths straight”. (He shall direct thy paths.) What does that mean? Three ideas come to mind.
A. He will make your paths level, remove the stumbling blocks, keep you from tripping and falling. This is the same promise given to the captives returning from Babylon: “Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.” (Isaiah 40:4) Remember, we are as captives returning back to our home city, the Heavenly Jerusalem.
B. He will bring about a successful end or lead you safely to your destination. Those who trust in the Lord until the end, will be saved. This is a guarantee, paid for by the death of Jesus and His resurrection.
C. He will keep you from wandering off the path of righteousness, so that you will not be drawn into sin. It reminds us of the assertion in the 23rd Psalm, “He leads me in the paths of righteousness.” In a day when temptations are so abundant, we need to hear this promise, and be motivated to follow His leading.
This is the promise, “He will make your paths straight.” But as with every promise of God, there is a condition to fulfill. In this case, the condition is, Trust. The basic message is this: Trust God, Distrust Yourself.