Proverbs for Wednesday: 3 Poles make a Straight Rode

Over the past few weeks, I’ve watched a T.V. show about the Roman roads in Britain. Roads that were built during the period of Roman occupation, in the first four centuries A.D. As archaeologists uncovered the roads, they were amazed at how straight they were. They were perfectly straight. How did the Romans do it? Simple. They used three marking poles. When the poles were aligned, the paths they marked out were always straight. Two poles aren’t accurate, but three aligned together always give a straight road.

One of the best-known proverbs is Proverbs 3:5,6. It’s been framed as a text on many a living room wall. A lot of us were taught to memorise it in Sunday school, and it’s become a song of praise. It’s a proverb that tells us how we can make our paths through life straight. And, like Roman roads, there are three poles that need to be aligned to make our paths straight.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

  1. Trust: The original meaning of trust in the Bible was lying helplessly face down. In that position you have to trust someone else. In this proverb, trust means dependence and confidence in someone else, the Lord. Confidence that God sees, knows and can lead us on our road through life.
  2. Not leaning on our own Understanding: Our understanding of any life situation isn’t absolutely reliable. We don’t have the capacity to see and understand everything as God does. “Leaning ” in this proverb is not “inclining ” so much as thinking we can support ourselves.
  3. Acknowledging God: The middle letters in the word ‘acknowledge’ spell out the word ‘know’. Because we know who the Lord is and what He does we can duly acknowledge Him. We speak about Him in a way that honours Him for what He does. We give Him the credit.

This proverb predicts what will happen as we align these three factors. Line them up and we will be able to walk along a straight path.



Thank you, Lord, that you have guided us through our life and continue to direct our steps.
Continue to give us confidence as we make decisions, face uncertainty, face dilemmas, and challenges along the road.
Bless us to someone this week helping them to trust you in their present life situations.
In Jesus Name, AMEN

(Written by Ray Smith)

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