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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” lives and never get in touch with who they are and what their strengths or weaknesses might be. They refuse to see themselves as others see them, and will not admit the fact that they may have done something wrong or harmful. “It’s not my fault. It’s theirs. They just wouldn’t admit what they did.”

In the final analysis, we all have the freedom to choose what path we will take – even though, as Solomon warns, “… in the end that path leads to death.” We may choose a path, even claim that it was a “path from God and was His will for my life,” not admitting that our decision was ours alone, ill-conceived, and even ill-advised. “I certainly prayed about it!”

“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 for our lives. “Seems right” can be “surely wrong!”

Those who truly want to live the “right way” will find it in God’s Word. The “right way” is living a life that agrees with the Word of God, choosing to be obedient to His commands, waiting for His guidance, and putting His will before my wants.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we avoid doing what “seems right” by surrendering our lives and will to You. Help us to do right and live right by following You. 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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