There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12 (NIV)
How often has what seemed right to you not ended up being right for you? I’m not sure what you mean. How often have you made decisions that were based solely on your own thoughts, opinions and values? I have made a lot of decisions based solely on my own thoughts, opinions and values. Why is that? My thoughts, values, and opinions seemed right to me at the time. Is that all? No, that is not all. I have made my own decisions because I have not wanted any advice from anyone else. I have wanted to be my own boss. I haven’t wanted anyone telling me what to do. That’s true. You have been a very strong willed and independent person. You have been wise in your own eyes. You have thought that you knew it all and needed no help or counsel from anyone else. Is this true? Yes, you know that it is true. What has been your track record when you have made decisions based solely on what seemed right to you? I have made a lot of dumb decisions and unwise mistakes. I have suffered quite a bit as a result my dumb decisions and costly mistakes. I have ignored warnings. I have failed to heed cautions. I have raced head long into one painful disaster after another. Has the pain and suffering of your dumb decisions and unwise mistakes gotten your attention? What do you mean by that? Are you doing anything differently now?
There is one mistake I have not made. What mistake haven’t you made? The pain of all my little mistakes has gotten my attention. I have turned away from the path that seemed right to me. The path that I was on was bad enough in the here and now. Had I stayed on that path it would have led me completely away from you. It would have led to my complete destruction. I have gotten off that path to destruction. I have turned my life over to you. I am no longer strong willed and independent. I no longer think that I know it all. I need help. I need wise counsel. I am listening attentively to all that you have to say to me. I am following you to where you lead me. I am doing what you ask of me. I no longer want my will and my ways. I want your will and your ways. I have stepped on to the path of life with you. Yes, you have. You are my Savior and Lord. Yes, I am.
Lord, take my hand and lead me along the road that leads to life now and forever. I will hold on to you. Help me to steer clear of the wrong road that leads to destruction. I will reject that road when it tempts me to walk on it. Amen
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