March 18 (Lent, Day 17): Crooked Paths

March 18 (Lent, Day 17): Crooked Paths

Chris Rowekamp

Chris Rowekamp

“Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts! But those who turn aside to their crooked ways the Lord will lead away with evildoers! Peace be upon Israel!”
—Psalm 125:4-5 ESV

This passage presents us with two options: we can follow the Lord and obey his word, or we can “turn aside” and try to find our own way.

This is a very unpopular teaching in this day and age, which celebrates the mantra, “follow your own path.”

Now, I agree that we shouldn’t let other people make decisions for us or fall into the trap of comparison and try to live someone else’s life.

But the Bible is clear that God has marked out a path that leads to life.

And just following “what feels good in the moment” will not lead us there. That’s what Psalm 125 describes as a “crooked way”: a path that changes direction so often that you expend a lot of energy but don’t get very far.

If we want to be unmovable like “Mount Zion” (see verse 1), we must humble ourselves and trust that God’s way of doing things is better than anything we could ever come up with on our own.

Here is a simple prayer to carry with you today:

Inhale: God,
Exhale: I’ll follow you.

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