The Importance of a Straight Path

So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong. – Hebrews 12:12-13

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Albert Barnes wrote, “A courageous mind strengthens a weakened body and hope makes it fresh for new conflicts.” Make no mistake, we are all weak and the Christian life, though full of joy, is also full of difficulty. Therefore, a key question we might like to have answered as we seek to move forward into an uncertain future is this, “Is there anything we can do to make it a little easier?”

The author of Hebrews said, “Mark out a straight path for your feet….” Many of the troubles we encounter, if we are truly honest, just come from our own bad choices. We suffer because we have simply chosen a “crooked” path.

God will most likely not protect us from our foolish decisions. He desires that we learn from our mistakes in order that we might not repeat them. Such experience, good or bad, can be a great teacher if we will only learn from it. Of course, the best idea is to stay on the straight path. Be strong and courageous. The Lord our God is with us, if we truly belong to Him.

But if you refuse to serve the Lord , then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord . – Joshua (24:15)

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