God’s Right Path
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Proverbs 14.12 ESV).
Satan knows that the surest way to knock Christians off the course of walking in God’s promises is to sidetrack them by laying out distractions. Some of these distractions will obviously look like sin (sexual impurity, greed for gain, self-glory, etc.), but many more of them will appear as beauty-glossed good works. However, according to eternity and God’s kingdom plan these good works actually become self-willed actions sugar-coated to smell and taste appealing to the eyes of others. Christians who do not walk in humility will chase after these good work morsels, satisfying a standard of perceived holiness until one day they burn out. Walking in self-righteous pride, they never bother to ask God if His will was being accomplished. Just because a certain way seems right to us, does not mean that the path is appointed by God. God speaks in an everlasting love and truth, which are not bound by the niceties of this world. Love is sometimes hard and truth sometimes hurt because we are sinners and God’s light continually burns off our pride. We can try to control an outward appearance of perfection; but all the while, our inner spirit is in complete rebellion to God. We must never trust our judgment on what “seems right” unless we are in constant surrender to the Holy Spirit. Only when we are submitted to God’s authority will our paths be made straight according to the purposes of God.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3.5-6 ESV).