"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on you own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

        Straight paths are preferred by many but some like to take the scenic route in life. Whether or not we choose to have crooked roads that lead to meandering, indecision and procrastination in our lives - God can make our paths straight. 

        However, there is a price for all this Road Construction (Pathway). The Christian must:

  1. Trust in the Lord with all their heart
  2. Lean not on your own understanding
  3. In all your ways submit to Him
then the Lord will do His part - 

  1. He will make your paths straight.
        Why is the work ratio heavy on our part? Because our will, our nature, this side of Heaven is always battling God's will. 

        Straight paths lead to clear direction and speedy results. Conversely, the non-straight paths of life lead to ambiguity and procrastination. 

        Each one of the responsibilities for the Christian, listed above, is a developing characteristic. The first, "trust in the Lord with all their heart" is wholehearted trust in the Lord. All good relationships contain a degree of reliance upon each member. God gave His All, His only Son for us, so He asks for nothing but ALL of us. 

        The second responsibility, not leaning on your own understanding, is acknowledging and using the higher wisdom and understanding of God found in His Word. When believers come to realize who the real authority on life is and where their help comes from, the not depending solely on your smarts becomes easier.

        The last duty we have before the Lord makes our paths straight is submitting all our ways to Him. Let God be in every detail, not the devil. If every aspect of our lives is surrendered, then there is Godly favor. Otherwise, there is potential for the path to go crooked again. 

        These steps of responsibility re-shape the believer's non-trusting, half-hearted, self-depending, non-submissive being into a Christian who uses these duties to prioritize God and rely on His dependability.

        Notice that the Scripture says, "He will make your paths straight" - "paths" being plural. In our lives, we have many paths we walk. We walk down an employment path. We walk down a family path. We walk down a spiritual path and so forth. We have to walk down these paths but management of them is conditional. If we put our effort into this formula of fulfilling our responsibilities, then God Will Take Care Of Our Paths.