There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12
You’ve got to love the Message paraphrase of the Bible. Here’s how it puts this verse: “There’s a way of life that looks harmless enough; look again—it leads straight to hell. Sure, those people appear to be having a good time, but all that laughter will end in heartbreak.” I’m always amazed at how people trust their own judgments and consider them as final authority. It must be human nature; our default is “don’t tell me how to live my life”, “I will do what I consider to be right”. We love to take on the role of God in our lives and in this world actually.
The Bible here is teaching us that we may think we have it all figured out. Our plan might seem beautiful and flawless to us. What could possibly go wrong? But actually we might be on the wrong road altogether. When we base our decisions, big and small, on our own wisdom and authority, that could be dangerous and could lead us the wrong way.
This is why it is important to have the Lord light up the way for us. His wisdom is flawless and he always knows what’s best for you, even when you don’t agree at the time. The path that he takes you on might appear treacherous and uncomfortable. The decisions he leads you to make might be hard and he may call you to make some pretty big sacrifices, but in the end, he takes you sown just the right road that leads to maturity of character and to abundant life. God leads you not merely for the sake of momentary pleasure but for the sake of eternity.
So choose wisely today and don’t take that nice-looking road. Rather choose the way of life!