Straight Paths

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“As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” (Luke 3:4).

The words of John the Baptist make me think of the shortest distance between two points, which is a straight line. However, John is speaking spiritually, not physically. Have you thought about the path you make for the Lord? Does it look straight? Does your life reflect the love of Christ? Do you inspire others to join you in your pilgrimage or do you give mixed messages by living a double life? I have to admit to you that my life has not always shown the compassion or mercy of God, but He has been faithful to rebuke me and set my feet on the straight path.


The word for “straight” in Hebrew is “yashar,” which expands the meaning to include “good, upright, pleasant and prosperous.” This causes me to think about my thoughts and behavior. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:9). Be encouraged in your Christian walk. “We are his (God’s) workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).


Holy Lord, send your Spirit on us so we might think good thoughts and do good things so others will experience your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.