Insights from Proverbs 14 for the 14th:
Although Solomon jam-packs this Proverb with mighty Kingdom truth-bombs:
- happiness is mercy to the poor (v. 21),
- loose lips sink ships (paraphrase of v. 23),
- and envy rots the bones (v.30)…
I’m just going to laser-focus in on one. But its colossal. Man, its like King Kong and Godzilla all wrapped in one. You know its legit when Holy Spirit mentions it twice (16:25).
“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death (v. 12).”
What is Solomon talking about when he says “a way?” Does he mean a religion? Does he mean one’s own conscience? What he means is: anything not governed by Jesus.
There are many very smart people who think they know better than the Bible. Of course, that begs the question: Just how smart can they actually be then, right? (nudge, nudge, wink, wink). They have elevated their own intellect above that of Moses, Noah, Abraham, Solomon, Paul, or John. That’s called pride and it’s the devil’s #1 favorite bazooka to fire.
Here’s the diabolical kicker; this way seems right to them! They don’t think they are “bad” or that it’s “bad.” No, they think its good! And it may very well be “good” (in the sense of morality and humanitarian altruism), but it is not good in the sense of TRUTH (Isa. 64:6).
If it’s not in, through, from, or for Jesus Christ, then it’s end (no matter how snazzy or sophisticated) is death. (Col. 1:17; Rom. 11:36; Heb. 1:3).
How’s this for imagery; bug zappers. That blue light is mesmerizing to bugs. They love it. They think its awesome. They want it! It “seems right.” But, ZAP! It’s actually electric death.
This truth is a Monster of a truth. It is big and scary.
Many will fall because they are following a way that seems right to them, but is actually a lie. Whether it be a false religion or a false reliance in their own morality, the end is the same.
The devil is the master of deception. He has them convinced that they are believing the exact opposite of the actual thing.
- Pray for their enlightenment! Its a wide gate!
- Pray for their reconciliation! Its a broad road!
- Pray for their awakening! Many enter through it!
- Pray for more time for them to answer Jesus’s knocking.
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