“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
Life is a series of choices. We are constantly faced with ways that seem right and the right way. Our choices have consequences: the wrong way leads to death, the right way to life. As in navigation, so in life we need periodic course checks. Are we on the right way? Are we on the race marked out for us?
Solomon had everything any man would want: money, power, women, ﬁne houses, you name it he had it, including divine wisdom but with all that understanding that God had imparted to Solomon, he did some very unwise things.
It is our human nature to want to follow the easy path. This is true with running water, it will ﬂow down- hill where there is little resistance. The same holds true for electricity, electrons ﬂow in the path of least resistance. People by nature are the same way. But the easy way isn’t always the right way, often times choosing the right way means following a course that is narrow.
There is a story of a man whose bathtub was ﬁlthy. Apparently he was having little luck getting it clean with normal bathroom cleansers, but he had heard that gasoline was a solvent. So he took a rag with gasoline to the tub and it worked but it stank up the bathroom something ﬁerce. And so, he decided he needed to do something to take care of the odour. He set out aromatic candles and he lit them, he survived but his apartment didn’t.
It’s the same way with the decisions you make for your life. You need to choose your paths carefully because if you don’t, you’ll end up in someplace you didn’t want to go and regret your decision.
A man was invited once to go lobstering, he said the harbour was ordinarily treacherous because of many barely submerged rocks that could rip open the bottom of most boats but that day it was even worse because a heavy fog had settled in. But his host seemed unconcerned, he steered a zigzag course to the lobster pots at his usual speed. Attempting to make conversation the newcomer ﬁnally said with a nervous smile, “Do you know where all the rocks are?” “Nope,” said the boatman.
A few minutes later the new man asked, “How do you know where to go?” “Know where they aren’t,” his friend replied. That ﬁsherman avoided the rocks that could damage his boat not because he knew where all the rocks were but because he knew where the right path was. And he had no intention of deviating from that path that he knew was right.
Jesus said the right path is not a path many people take, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few ﬁnd it.”
Some believe they can get to heaven by their good works; but no matter how right it may seem, it’s “the way of death”. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Christ is the only way to heaven, every other way is a detour to doom and you can only make a right decision when you abide in Him and His Word.
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