The Straight Line

Regardless of how careful the attempt, no one is able to draw a perfectly straight line without using the straight edge of a ruler. The ruler—also called a rule or line gauge—not only measures distances, but also “rules” straight lines.

The Bible talks about people who pride themselves on drawing “straight lines”. They put their confidence in having “a good eye” and “a steady hand”; living by their own rules, their lines certainly appear straight enough to them. But Proverbs 16:25 states: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”

Nothing in this world can correct such a course—one must look to heaven instead:

“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, Amplified Version)

Choosing to use God’s ruler instead of our own is true wisdom. This truth is reflected in the old Latin adage: “Rectum est index sui et obliqui.” That is, “The line which shows itself to be straight shows also what line is crooked.”

God’s holy word is absolute truth. It is our only plumb line, level and ruler. Let us continue, without deviation, our heavenward direction by running to God and running from evil!


  1. Patty Klee

    Karen, Touched always by your words from God. I believe when we walk in truth we will be led by God’s love. We need love and truth to become closer to Jesus. Go to him every day for his infinite love and insightful truth. He will give you both.

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