Following Jesus on a Straight Street

As a Christ follower, I enjoy studying the Bible and I take my salvation and my Savior seriously. However, as long as I’ve been studying the Bible, I notice little things that prove that saying people throw out there occasionally: “God has a sense of humor.”

People may be speaking about why He made them the way they are or why a hippopotamus, which is huge and fast to boot, has such a little snippet of a tail.

I get giggles reading God’s word sometimes. And, like I said, I take His word seriously. But there are some stories in there in which the little snippet of humor doesn’t go over my head.

Take for instance, Saul being accosted on the road to Damascus to persecute Christians. Instead, he meets Jesus and Jesus asks him, “Why are you persecuting ME.?” (my emphasis added)

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Then Jesus sets up a meeting between this zealous Pharisee and a man named Ananias, whom God had given a message.

“The Lord told him (Ananias), “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” (Acts 9:11, 12)

There is irony in the fact that a man so crooked in his heart toward Christians would be led to faithful believers, one of whom lives on “Straight Street.”

Jesus is serious when he tells us the road is narrow and few will walk it. And while our lives seem to be taking turns and going over hills, I also believe the road to heaven is straight. The instructions are as simple as the ones God gave to Ananias. We’re the ones who complicate things.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will keep your path straight.” Proverbs 3:5,6

Aren’t you glad Saul was led to Straight Street and was obedient to the Lord? I surely am.

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