On the Shape of Paths

When looking at a potentially difficult or complicated life situation, we often talk about having a long and winding path to walk.

I humbly suggest that for the Christian, this simply isn’t the case.

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 your paths.
(Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)

It may be long, but it’s straight if we will trust Him.

Confirmation and Conviction

It seems to me that the church today largely ignores the aspect of having one’s beliefs or actions confirmed by teaching. How often have you listened to a sermon or Bible lesson and heard the speaker say something like, “This passage is so convicting to me, because I realize that I don’t do this well enough. Let’s all pray that God will help us to do this better.”

But you’re sitting there reading the passage and thinking, “I don’t know… That’s not really somewhere I have problems. In fact, this is one area of my life where I’m pretty sure I’m walking rightly!”

Am I the only one who does that? Continue reading