“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” – Proverbs 16:25
“Things aren’t always what they seem. This proverb warns that we can be deceived into believing we’re going down the right path and yet be heading toward death… the opposite direction from God’s will.”
Many of these decisions were made with good intentions. I think of family members who are members of groups that have strayed from sound, biblical teachings. I think of teenagers who make decisions in the moment, rather than consequences of those decisions they may have to live with for the rest of their lives. I think of choices I’ve made that seemed right in the moment, but – with the aid of hindsight – I see a better choice might have been made.
“If we make decisions apart from the guidance of the Spirit of God, we will be like a ship trying to sail without a compass. We will do what seems to make the most sense, based on our own wisdom. But, what looks attractive may actually lead to sin, ultimately destroying what is precious to us, for our most profound human thinking is mere foolishness to God (1Cor. 1:18-20).
“It can be perilous to follow a path that seems right without first consulting the Holy Spirit for guidance (John 16:13). Take time to seek the Holy Spirit’s direction when you face decisions. He knows the full ramifications of your choices. The Holy Spirit will assist you to understand truth and to experience abundant life. Trust Him as He leads you.”
- Excerpts from Experiencing God Day By Day (pg.170)