Proverbs in 365 Devotions
25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
At Our Core
by Robin Aylor
What is that way that seems right?… It’s my way… Frank Sinatra and Elvis both sang about it… We learn early on how to get our own way… don’t we? And most of us pursue our own way all the way to our own demise. We learn right out of the womb that when we cried our Mother picked us up… and when we cried again she would feed us… so we keep doing what works and it just progressed from there. Even as adults when there are times we might not be immediately getting our way, even then we are weighing the consequences of how we can still get our way by taking some other route.
So how do human beings discern what is the right path for their life?
Clearly it depends on what is at our core. It’s what drives us… what gets us out of bed in the morning and keeps us going…
As stated, it starts the same for all men. It’s our attraction to getting our own selfish way and it clouds our judgment covering us layer after layer of darkness to truth. A man walking in darkness will naturally walk off the edge of a cliff and rationalize his sin all the way to the bottom.
It’s actually an obsession to glorify ourselves instead of our Creator and this consuming passion twists and influences how we process information for forming all kinds of opinions; our claims of truth, what we dwell on and so many of our daily decisions that keep us heading right for that cliff.
But many of our perspectives, interpretations and decisions are actually symptoms of what lays at our core.
At our core, we are actually born out of fellowship with God. Jesus infers this to Nicodemus that since we are all born like out of Gods fellowship we are dead Spiritually.
The parallel analogy is that when our own Spirit leaves our body we are dead physically and so it stands to reason that when the Spirit of God is not in us we are dead Spiritually.
Jesus told Nicodemus that he must be born again and then he explains the invisible Spiritual kingdom of God to him.
You see Gods Spirit is what quickens and moves Believers. We used to be motivated to seek our own glory and we thought that would make us happy… That was Lucifer's sin which caused him to be cast out of heaven and that was the same sin he tempted Eve with… to be like God. But Gods Spirit in us now motivates us to glorify God and that's what brings us true joy now.
What is it for you? Will you live like the song proudly says “I did it my way”, or will you follow Jesus? What will motivate you from day to day in your life?
I’ll close by reading today's text again: 25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.