Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 8:9 They are all straight to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.
Straightening The Curves
The Dukes of Hazard theme song indicates that they "straighten the curves, and flatten the hills". Truthfully though, we are a people bent on sinning and not straightening what's bent.
But in our text we find that everyone who has found knowledge and has understanding can see the truth in all the things that Wisdom says.
I think this goes along with what Jesus said in John 7:17 If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.
As I'm beginning to write this today, a couple buddies and I are heading home to Oklahoma from a wonderful trip to Mountain View Arkansas. I have to ride in the front seat on these winding roads or I will turn colors. Even now I'm a little queazy.
Just a few miles back we screeched our tires to a stop as a man waved us down and around an accident on one of those curves. A motorcycle had just crashed and the rider's upper body was covered up with his feet sticking out as he lay along side the road. A long path of blood led to where his body lay. Another cyclist was clearly in mental anguish. Just up ahead a van had pulled to the side and we concluded that someone was possibly throwing up.
Right now on these winding roads I am thinking how the path of wisdom is straight. You can see further and clearer and the road is much more manageable and less nauseating to drive than the crooked road that sin takes. On the road where there is fool heartedness that pulls on us with every fleshly passion there is danger at every curve and the ultimate end is death.
The more we are transformed into the likeness of Christ the more we agree with Wisdom's views... the more light of Christ that is internalized within us... as we are awakened to see more of the glory of God...
Our only hope is straight and narrowly placed in Jesus Christ. If we have come to rest in his righteousness, then practically he works the goodness of God out in our lives as we look to him alone to straighten the curves and flatten the hills of sin in our life.