I have a friend who enjoys lawn bowling and I was interested to learn that the balls they use are “biased.” There is no way they can roll in a straight line as they are weighted. The ball is deliberately lopsided so that it always curves toward the flat side as it slows down. Without taking this into account, it would be doubly difficult to roll the closest to that white ball (or jack) which is the point of the game.
Today’s verse talks about a road that is crooked. There is no way to walk straight down this path. And because the going is crooked there is no justice or peace. This is a picture of the path of wickedness rather than the path of righteousness. By ignoring God’s laws and always doing the wrong thing, there is no peace with God or each other. But just as that lawn bowling ball can look normal, so too we can be unaware of the crooked way we are walking.
My path can only be straight as I submit to His way of doing things (Prov. 3:6). When He leads along straight paths, my steps will not be hampered and I will not stumble (Prov. 4:12). I am sure it is the more difficult path however. He has never promised that it would be easy. But when I make the effort to walk with integrity, I can enjoy peace with Him and have the best chance at peace with my neighbor. It is worth the effort.
Lord, keep me walking Your way.