Straightening Our Crooked Mess
Posted on December 27, 2018
by Bob Miller
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In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:6 ESV
“There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse.
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.”
This British nursery rhyme relates the story of Scottish General Sir Alexander Leslie. The General signed a Covenant securing religious and political freedom for Scotland with England. The phrase,”They all lived together in a little crooked house” refers to an agreement to which the English and Scots had finally come. The words reflect a time of peace in the midst of great animosity and conflict.
Each of us deal with “crookedness” in our lives. The wise King Solomon reminds us that God will make our crooked lives straight when we acknowledge Him in all of our ways. The “peace that passes all understanding” prevails in our paths.
Acknowledge My Weakness. Paul tells us the advantage of acknowledging our weaknesses. He writes to the Christ-followers in Corinth, “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:9-10 NIV)
My path of weakness allows me to walk in His power.
Acknowledge His Worthiness. In another collection of Scripture, Solomon writes, “‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.’” (Ecc 1:2 NIV). Have you ever felt nothing we do has any meaning? Living in intimate collaboration with God instills a communion and confidence. Begin each day with purpose in Him, and you will enjoy His never-ending, always abiding, ever assuring presence. David confesses, “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies. “ (Ps 18:3 NIV)
My path of worship allows me to walk in His presence.
We all live together as crooked saints, walking crooked paths and living in crooked little houses. Yet, God promises, “And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.” (Is 42:16 KJV)
He defines our testimony by His transformation.
He delights in making our mess His message.
Our God can make the most crooked life straight.