Are You on the Right Road?

Scripture: Proverbs 14:12, ‘There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.’

 

Observations: The term ‘way’ is used to describe the journey of life. This proverb encourages us to examine our lives carefully, because what seems right may not be so. The term ‘right’ refers to what is straight, or morally correct. The problem is that our sinful nature affects our conscience so that what is wrong in God’s eyes we say is right. Jesus says, ‘wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. (Mt 7:13)’ Ultimately, any road that is walked apart from faith in Jesus Christ in the end leads to death. But also on the journey with Christ we must be careful that we chose what is right in God’s eyes, not what is right in our own. We must not only be aware of ungodly attitudes and behaviours, but also following idols such as materialism, individualism, or anything else that distracts us from putting God first in our lives.

 

Application: A few verses later it says, ‘A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps. (Prov 14:15)’ We all need to regularly give thought to our steps and whether our ‘way’ is right, or only seems right. Maybe we think we’re following Jesus when in fact we’re following the world. Maybe we think we’re pleasing God when in fact we’re really pleasing ourselves. Ask God to examine your life and your motives and reveal if there is anything that you may need to change.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, the truth is that sin can so easily blind me to the truth that I am living for myself instead of for You. Lord, if I am living in a way that is not right in Your eyes, may Your Spirit reveal that to me, and help me to change. Lord, may You open my eyes to the worldliness in my life, and help me to follow Jesus and bring You honour and glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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