There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death. –Proverbs 14:12 NIV
How many times do we, based on limited knowledge, set our minds on what seems to be an excellent course of action without ever realizing that we’re unable, or unwilling, to see hidden dangers? We pray hard for God to remove the obstacles from our path, but could it be that sometimes the hindrances that appear might actually be put in place by Him in order to save us from things we can’t anticipate?
God warns believers against relying on what “appears to be right” while neglecting His revealed truth. That’s because no person in this world has the full picture of what’s really taking place at any given moment, nor can anyone fathom the ramifications of their actions or see all the shortcomings in their plans. Apart from the wisdom of God’s Word and the discernment of the Holy Spirit, even the most informed and experienced person often cannot figure out what’s truly the best course to pursue.
Instead of complaining when things don’t go our way, maybe frustration should be a clarion call to seek God more diligently and trust that He knows all things including how, where, and when we should move forward.
- God, I can’t see what’s really going on. Open my eyes to Your truth.
- Jesus, I have trouble thinking that anything good is in my situation. Help me believe what You say and walk in faith.