~Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
This thought was so important to the writer that he felt the need to state it again:
~Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Do you take everything at face value without checking things out? I’ve never seen an investor pick a stock out of a hat and then just invest. That would be unwise! Why, then, is eternity looked upon with such flippancy? Man’s tendency from the beginning has been to do what feels “right” rather than obey God.
I’ve often thought that today’s text was best suited for the unsaved and the direction they were going. But I also see it as a warning to the believer. How many times have you taken the easy way out? How many times have you followed after the lust of your flesh rather than what you knew to be right? Today’s text cautions the believer to be careful to follow after whatever seems right. We can’t rely on our heart because our hearts are perfectly wicked.
~Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
We need to judge our direction in life by a straight line – a plum line, if you will. Christians are so blessed because we can turn to the word of God – God’s word is our plum line. The word keeps us on the right path! We do not have to be deceived. We are deceived because we are not in the word of God. We can be deceived when we aren’t guided by the blessed light of God’s word!
~Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
When we compromise – when we fail to read and study God’s Word – we fall into the description of the man who went down the path that “seemed” right to him. After all, who wouldn’t rather go downhill as opposed to uphill? Who wouldn’t rather walk a path that is clear and without hazards? Everyone wants the easy way. No one wants to travel on a path that is narrow and difficult to maneuver. However, the way to Christ is such a path:
~Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The way of the world is a wide way – it seems everyone wants to follow the latest trends, etc. But the Lord says that His way is narrow and there are few who will find it (Matthew 7:22-23). It is a narrow way to Heaven because there is only one way to Heaven (John 14:6). This was not a popular teaching during the early Church – in fact, most of the Apostles died a martyr’s death because of it. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs is a sad reminder of what early Christians went through to keep the Gospel alive! I would rather be called narrow-minded as a Christian than to be popular with the world and condemned to burn in the Lake of Fire for all eternity.
We cannot rely on our own flesh to guide us. Jeremiah made it clear that we should not depend on our “feelings.” We cannot go by the famous quote, “follow your heart,” because it is our heart’s desire to do wickedness – it comes natural to us! Christ came to deliver us from all of that! We must allow the precious Holy Spirit to guide us in all things! We cannot trust our hearts to lead us for our sin nature will surely guide us down the wrong path. The best thing a Christian can do is to be in God’s word daily – seeking His face daily – seeking His will daily. There is a way that seems right unto a man – but God’s Word will light your path and it will be the right way!