There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
— Proverbs 14:12
Many of us have had moments when we have looked back on a past decision and wondered, “How did I ever think that was a good idea?” Yet at the time, that decision or choice probably seemed right to us.
There’s a reason why people say, “Hindsight is 20/20.” This means you can often see a situation more clearly (as with 20/20 vision) after it has passed and you have had time to learn from some of the choices you have made. Our own ability to see clearly in the present moment is limited. And what appears to be a right decision or right thinking in the moment can sometimes do more harm than good.
Jesus warned his disciples that following him would not be easy or even look like a good idea at times. He spoke about the costs of being his disciple, but he also promised that his way leads to life. He said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
In other words, there can be many ways that appear to be right (even religiously) and seem more attractive than the way of Jesus, but they will bring misery and destruction in the end.
Is there a road in your life that might be taking you away from Jesus? What can you do about that?
Lord and Savior, by the power of your Spirit, give me discernment and wisdom to know the way to follow you faithfully. Amen.