Studying Proverbs is actually a slow read for me. It seems like I have to go over each line more than once to really let the meaning sink in. When it does; I recognize alot of wisdom there. Thank you Solomon for putting your thoughts onto paper; and thank You Lord that You decided to inspire Solomon and make these Words sacred.
From my reading today; the verse that stuck with me the most was Proverbs 14:12. It reads: “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.”
This “path that seems right” may offer a lot of options, but require very little from us. Is this path attractive because I can be lazy if I follow it? Does it require me to use moral restraints? Usually the true path, the right path requires hard work and self sacrifice.
The words “seems right” should come with a flashing warning sign. That is how I read them anyway. Does anyone else ever get that inner warning that goes off when a situation “seems right” but something tells you that it just isn’t quite right?
The death that is spoken of here can be eternal death. But I think it also can mean the death of something. The death of a relationship. The death of a job. The death of financial security. The death of joy. The list goes on and on. What am I choosing to do, or not to do today that will result in the death of something precious and good?
Lord, I ask You to help each one of us to abide fully in You. Show us where we are on wrong paths, and guide our steps onto the path where You lead. We choose life in everything we do, say, and think. amen.