Make Straight Paths {Devotional Thought}

“And make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.”
{Hebrews 12:13}

I don’t even know how many times I’ve read this verse–400 maybe? But the other night, God made it smack me in the face.

“What is lame.” We all have at least one weak area in our life–a chink in our armor–the mindless sinful habit that gets us every time. How do we not just pamper our tender, weak areas, but heal them? We have to make straight paths.

Think about it. If you are recovering from a knee injury, you wouldn’t want to walk on a curvy, rocky road with many obstacles. That would provide lots of opportunity for a re-injury. But walking is a key component of recovery and that is best done on a smooth, straight path. Movement in the right direction restores and heals. Strength is regained. And on a straight path, you can keep your eye on the prize as you’re walking!

Taking a straight path involves planning. Sometimes you have to move obstacles out of the way or maybe you have to reroute a different way on a path you may not have wanted to take. Tailor your path to not only keep your weak areas from being further maimed, but rather healed completely.

Map out your straight path. Have a strategic plan of action.

If you struggle with controlling your thought life, have a plan for how to take every thought captive. Know that you are going to replace a thought of worry with the promising truth that God is in control. Be determined to replace a thought of discontentment with the truth that Jesus is all-satisfying.

“And take every thought captive to obey Christ.”
{2 Corinthians 10:5}

Walking on a straight path not only protects from further injury, but heals.

May you 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 straight your paths.

{Proverbs 3:5-6}


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