“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
“There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse.
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.”
This British nursery rhyme relates the story of Scottish General Sir Alexander Leslie. The General signed a Covenant securing religious and political freedom for Scotland with England. The phrase, “They all lived together in a little crooked house” refers to the English and Scots had at last come to an agreement. The words reflect the times when there was great animosity between the English and the Scots.
Each of us deals with “crookedness” in our lives. The crookedness comes from paths that we should have taken . . . but didn’t. The wise King Solomon reminds us that God will make our crooked lives straight when we acknowledge Him in all of our ways. The “peace that passes all understanding” prevails in our paths.
Acknowledge My Weakness. Paul tells us the advantage of acknowledging our weaknesses. He writes to the Christ-followers in Corinth, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:9-10) My path of weakness allows me to walk in His power.
Acknowledge His Worthiness. In another collection of Scripture, Solomon wrote, “’Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless’.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Sarah Young encourages us, “Living in collaboration with God is the way to instill meaning into your days. Begin each day alone with Him, so that you can experience the reality of His Presence.” David confesses, “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.” (Ps 18:3) My path of praise allows me to walk in His presence.
We all live together as crooked saints, walking crooked paths and living in crooked little houses . . . and, He promises, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” (Isa 42:16)