God Doesn’t Create in Straight Lines: How to Follow God When the Path Isn’t Clear


Proverbs 3:6 tells us that if we trust in God and acknowledge Him, then He will make our paths straight. But when we find ourselves traveling down a road that doesn’t seem so “straight,” we have to trust Him in a whole new way.

At 8:30 am every morning, a reminder on my phone goes off. Sometimes, I’m out for a run. Other times, I’m off to start the day, or maybe I’ve slept in. But every morning it buzzes and alerts me of something I need to be reminded of daily. The reminder reads, “paths straight.”

Proverbs 3: 5–6 states, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” (ESV)

I recently thought about what this actually means. What is a “straight path?” And why is it so hard to believe this verse sometimes? This concept might seem straightforward, but when it comes to the difficulties of everyday life, it isn’t as easy to understand.

I can trust in God, but I still have questions about the path He’s leading me on—even though He has always led me down the best ways in the past.

Straight paths aren’t necessarily clear paths. They aren’t always easy, but they are forged for us in advance. This is where our trust comes in and plays a major role. We have to believe that God knows what is best for us, even when we can’t foresee a specific outcome.

In my mind, I see this scenario playing out as this: God is ahead of me on a path in the forest, cutting down the bushes and trees that block my view. He is making the path straight for me, asking me to follow Him and trust that He knows the best way.

We might not be able to see past the bend in the road to where the path straightens out on the other end, but God knows where it leads. Our job is to listen to His call, and to seek His voice. Too often, we try to make our own way and decide for ourselves where we should go. But God is ahead of us even when it feels as if we are alone. He will direct and lead us to where He wants us to go.

Truthfully, I forget this every day. It’s something that I struggle to understand and believe. When my reminder pops up on my phone, I am always convicted, because in that moment, I was likely working hard to get somewhere without remembering that God already went before me, and He has the best plan for my life.