Many of the people, who came to John the Baptist, came in response to his message of repentance. Repentance is a word rich with meaning; it refers to a change of mind or direction. John was announcing an opportunity for men and women to change their minds and direction from the crooked path to make a way in their hearts for Jesus. Those who came to John the Baptizer publicly declared Christ by making an outward demonstration of their inward faith.

It’s easy to get off course in our Christian life. In order to walk a straight path, it is necessary to recognize the “crooked” areas of our lives that need straightening. The writer of Proverbs provides valuable insight: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight paths ”
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

Our paths can become “crooked”: when we fail to acknowledge God in everyday living; or when we fail to trust His wisdom and choose what we may deem to be a better option.

Many times when important decisions need to be made, we have the tendency to leave God out of the equation, and in doing so, we veer off the straight path. According to this Proverb, it is God who handles the straightening of our lives; but He can’t do that if we are not acknowledging Him in every aspect of life, and trusting that the way He provides is best. Often God’s path may require waiting, but we are impatient and looking for a shortcut.

Abraham and Sarah grew weary on God’s path and decided to take matters into their own hands, and we all know how that turned out. Even in that Abraham and Sarah returned to God and He was faithful to keep His promise. Are you on the straight path? Are there any obstacles in the way of your relationship with Jesus? Remember, it’s never too late to change direction; there is always an opportunity with God to straighten your path!

Margy Hill

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