Words from the Heart for Saturday October 14th, 2017
There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death.
Proverbs 14:12 (NRSV)
A Way that Seems Right
This is an excellent verse to memorize at any age! Another name for the Holy Spirit is “Spirit of Truth.” He is so faithful and gracious to alert us when we lean toward what “seems right” but is actually full of danger. Ask Him today to stir up a ready ear to His promptings and not disregard them in favour of our own ways. Be quick to respond. He will preserve us.
A young man from St. Jean sur Richelieu in Quebec asked a good question on Tripadvisor.ca earlier this year. He wanted to know the best way to travel across Canada in order to meet fellow Canadians. The responses he got were also very good. Someone suggested staying in Provincial and National Parks across Canada, a natural place to meet many relaxed Canadians. Another person suggested staying in hostels along the way. Finally, someone suggested planning the trip around the best local festivals.
If there is a particular verse in the Bible that illustrates most profoundly the difference between the principles that drive the kingdoms of this world and the kingdom of God, it is Proverbs 14:12. This well-known verse says, “There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death.” Our world has much about it that is beautiful and lovely, and the God who created it loves it enough to do all is necessary to redeem it from the results of sin. But those who have not experienced His grace live by principles that do not ultimately lead to life. Book stores are filled with self-help books whose counsel is soon discarded for something newer. Websites are filled with ideas that only bring greater confusion or worse, lead a person farther from God. These principles and ideas may sound wise and may even help a person live a better life for a time. But ultimately what every man and woman needs is the forgiveness from sin that only Jesus offers. Everything besides this only leads to death. How much wiser to heed the wisdom God alone gives.
These have been words from the heart.