Saturday, January 17, 2015

Right Way Or Dead End?

“I wish I could buy him for what he’s worth and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth. We could both retire!” said a colleague to me after interviewing a potential employee.

Many people lead “presumptuous” or “inappropriate” lives and never get in touch with who they are and what their strength or limitations might be. They see what no one else can see - even act on it - and refuse to admit what is or what has happened. “It’s not my fault. It's theirs. They just wouldn’t admit they were wrong.”

In the final analysis, we all have the freedom to choose what path we will take - even though, as Solomon warns, “But in the end it leads to death.” We may choose a path, even claim that it was a "path from God and it is His will for my life" only to discover that our decision was ill conceived and even ill advised. It was “our decision.”

“Seems right” is a frightening combination of words. It simply means that “I (or someone else) did not know what was right” and went off in the wrong direction and it ended in disaster - perhaps death. “Seems right” is full of presumptions, beginning with sincerity. Although we may be very sincere about most anything we choose to do, sincerity does not lead to fulfilling God’s plan or our own personal success. “Seems right” can be “surely wrong!”

Those who truly want the “right way” will find it in God’s Word. The “right way” is acting in agreement with the Word of God, becoming obedient to His commands, by waiting upon Him and putting His will before my wants.

Prayer:  Father, we can only avoid what “seems right” if we surrender our lives to You and do right by living right. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

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