Some Ways Are Wrong

Reading the Word

Proverbs 14:12 (ESV)
12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Understanding and Applying the Word

Since the first man and woman sinned in the garden of Eden, mankind has wanted to be in control and be our own authority. We not only want to be so as a collective, but as individuals. This is how we end up with relativism, which is reflected in the thinking that we can all have our own thoughts and opinions about things and no one really has the authority to judge them. You have your rights and wrongs and I have mine.

Today’s proverb strikes against the relativistic mindset. There may be ways that seem right, but that does not make them so. Some ways are wrong and end in death or destruction. The book of Proverbs and the whole Bible tells us that wisdom is understanding that God is the only one who knows all things and that his ways are best. To follow the ways of the Lord is wise. To follow our own way is foolish. The Lord has revealed his ways to us through his word. Let’s make it a priority to know that word so we can live by it.

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