“And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.”
The one thing every believer must beware of is not turning away from what you are supposed to be doing for God. There are many things in life that try to get your attention away from what you are supposed to be doing, and you must be careful to stay away from those things. The verse above gives the answer to this problem when it says, “And make straight paths for your feet…” God is saying that you need to narrow down your interests in life to keep you from stumbling along the Christian way.
You will notice that God explains this statement by saying, “…lest that which is lame be turned out of the way…” The easiest path for a lame or crippled person to walk is a straight path. You are spiritually lame or crippled by your personal interests and sinful habits. The easiest way for you to stay on God’s paths is to make straight paths for your feet to walk on. Let me point out a few areas that you must narrow down so that you can keep your paths straight.
First, make straight paths for your spirit. In other words, you need to guard what discourages your spirit. I am a passionate person, and what I tend to read or listen to is an interest in what I have. The problem is that if what is being fed to me discourages my spirit, I can become passionately negative. I have found for my spirit’s sake not to feed myself the negative of politics and news so that my spirit doesn’t turn me out of the way. You would be wise to narrow down what you listen to and read. Your spirit cannot take a constant bombardment of negative and be what it is supposed to be so that you can help people. Know what discourages your spirit and stay away from it.
Second, make straight paths that will help you to avoid the lures and temptations of sin. One of the greatest battles you will fight as a believer is to overcome your besetting sin. You need to know what your temptations are that cause you to sin and avoid them for the sake of not being turned out of the way of righteousness. You know what tempts you to do wrong, so why would you not avoid it? Maybe the biggest reason you don’t avoid sin is because you enjoy it too much. If you want to continue walking on the old paths, you must straighten up your paths and make them so narrow so that you don’t wander out of the way because of sin’s temptation.
Third, make straight paths so that you can continue to give your all to God. There are some things in life that are not wrong, but they keep you from giving everything you have to God. You would be wise to get rid of those things that cause you to pull back from giving a full effort towards the things of God. The Book of Hebrews calls it “weights.” Anything that would keep you from giving your whole heart and effort to the LORD is a weight that must be set aside so that you don’t turn out of the way.
My friend, some things are not always wrong, but some things are the trigger that causes you to do wrong or turn out of the way. Whatever it is that could cause you to turn out of the way should be removed from your life. Where is it in your life that you need to narrow down so that you can serve the LORD better? Whatever damages or discourages your spirit, or whatever tempts you to sin, or whatever keeps you from giving your all while serving the LORD must be removed so that you are not turned out of God’s way.