What Seems Right

Proverbs 14:12 (UNAS)

There is a way that appears to be right to a man, but its end is the way of death.

It is not always safe to trust our instincts when we’re driving, especially when we’re driving in dangerous territory, neither is it safe to trust our instincts when it comes to our spiritual life. Proverbs 15 says “...the sensible man considers his steps.”

During our toughest decisions, we have prayed for God to lead us and to direct our steps and there have been times when He has opened doors without our hand even reaching out to grasp the knob. Other times we have grabbed the doorknob, turned, and sometimes pushed until our strength was gone only to find that the door didn’t budge.

Sometimes though, God has allowed us to go through doors that He had lessons for us to learn on the other side. Those were some personally difficult times when we thought a particular way seemed right but in the end, it really wasn’t right for us at all.

We learned that what may seem right to us isn’t always the best course of action for us to take. During those experiences, thankfully we gained wisdom and a healthier reverence for our Lord and Savior. A healthy fear is good, extreme fear is not from God. Psalm 10:11 tells us, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments...”

Time seems to be of the essence as the signs all around us are pointing to the return of Christ and the end of this dispensation. There appears to be so many ways to turn and so many influences to mislead us along the way. In Proverb’s 3:7 God asks us, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”

Closing thoughts

God’s Word tells us that “His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path” Psalm 119:105... If we are looking for a GPS or map to help navigate through this life, we can certainly find the way that is right through God’s Word.

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

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