Is God? Is God bent? If we are bent and we are God’s creation, then is “bent-ness” a character trait of our Creator? Did God blunder in some way that made this world so tarnished with pain and problems? Many people in our community are of the opinion that God, like us, is flawed. Oh, yes, we concede, God is big and powerful and for the most part good. But at times it seems to us that the Almighty might have made some mistakes. Or so we bent people are tempted to think.
Why, then, does God’s Word instruct us to “straighten out”? If, as many of us think, God is flawed in his condition, how then could he expect us, mere humans, not to be? Would God ask us to do something that goes against his character? If God were somehow bent in his judgment or abilities, then King David is unquestionably making a big mistake asking God to lead him “in the straight path”.
The Bible teaches throughout its pages that God is perfect. 2 Samuel 22:31 says that God’s ways are perfect and his word is flawless. In Psalm 107:7 God has led his people along a straight way. Proverbs 2:13 says that those who leave God’s path, the straight path, end up traveling on the opposite trail of evil and crookedness. When Jesus comes, John the Baptist makes a “straight” way for him. Jesus himself proclaims repeatedly that God is perfect. And how, if God were bent, could Proverbs 3:6 ever be true? That verse says that God will make your paths straight if you seek his desire for your life. In the Bible, every indication is that God is completely not bent.
And yet, our bent minds have such difficulty accepting the concept of a truly holy God: a God who is completely perfect in his power and goodness, with no blemish at all. Why do we have such a hard time believing that God has never and will never, and even could never, mess up?
Oh, if only our bent souls could uncurl. It is so hard to straighten out our souls while our spiritual muscles are cramped. If only we could trust in the Lord with all of our heart rather than leaning on our own bent understanding. Proverbs 3:7 says: “Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.” (NLT) Why not? Because our wisdom is bent, skewed, slanted, distorted.
That is why we must seek God. “Seek his face!” says Psalm 27:8. If we want to get to know who God truly is, then we must seek after him with all of our heart, bent-ness included. We must ask God to un-bend our souls so that we may see his face unveiled and clear straight in front of us. We must allow God to straighten our minds and work his power in us to make us un-bent, just like him (Matthew 5:48).