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Learning To Walk The Crooked Line

Posted: Sunday, May 29

Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor

Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

2 Samuel 14:1-15:22
John 18:1-24
Psalm 119:97-112
Proverbs 16:8-9

 

Verse of the day:

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. (Proverbs 16:9)


We have heard it said, “The shortest distance between two points is a straight line”. However, difficulty can come when we try to apply this principle to our lives. We make our lists, set our goals, map out the path to get us there, and then off we go—praying for God’s assistance to make it to our goal. Everything is fine as long as it all goes according to our plan.

 

 

But the truth is, we live in a world with all kinds of forces. Relationships, finances, health issues, fears, desires, sin, injustice, and all kinds of things pulling us in different directions.

 

 

So what happens when our straight line from point A to point B is acted upon by all of these other forces? Our lines get crooked, and we don’t like crooked lines.

 

 

When our lines get crooked we get upset, disappointed, and frustrated—we play the “what if” or “if only” game. We have regrets and are tempted to we give up. And sometimes we feel guilty—like we’ve let God down. Because after all, God draws these neat and tidy little straight lines from point A to point B, right?

 

 

Well, if God’s will is this straight line from point A to point B, what about people like Joseph, King David or even people like Paul? They didn’t chart the course that they found themselves on. I am sure there were some twists and turns that they would have gladly left out. But it was God’s plan for to accomplish His will for both them and the Kingdom—and this was a lifetime endeavor. 

 

 

So, maybe we should stop being disappointed that we haven’t gotten from point A to point B on the straight line we designed. And stop feeling like we’ve let God down. Rather, acknowledge that His ways are not our ways—finding our rest in the fact that those straight lines we drew, were replaced by God’s crooked lines.

 

 

Besides, those crooked lines could prove to be quite an adventure.