There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Proverbs 16:25
The Bible warns us of going our own way. It even says the way seeming right to us leads to death. Leaving my way and submitting to God’s way has been a long, slow process for me. God Himself has plucked me off the road of destruction and given me a new path. For a long time I thought I knew better than God (most humans think this). Still do think I know better in some ways, if I’m honest. Thank God for grace! And for continually correcting me, pursuing me, loving me.
Psalm 25:4-5a is my jam:
Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me.
The Bible says Jesus is God’s way.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one come to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:1-7
Left on our own, we all walk down a road with a cliff at the end. Falling off the cliff means leaning on our own understanding and disobeying God—sin. Sin leads to death (Romans 6:23), hence the cliff drop. Thankfully, God pursues and provides a different road, one that leads to Him. The road is Jesus. The map to that road is God’s Word, the Bible. God’s Holy Spirit is constantly calling wayward sinners to the Way by grace.
If there’s breath in your lungs, there’s still time to turn from your sin and believe in Jesus.
Will you trust Him today?
All the ways of a man are pure in their own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Proverbs 16:2
Lord, thank You for weighing our spirits. Lord, we don’t realize that our ways are impure. Praise You for being merciful. Thank you for loving us and sending Jesus to die in our place. Help us, Father. Search us. Show us the ways we don’t trust you. Show us our offensive ways. Lead us in the Way everlasting—Jesus. Amen!