Our less than perfect knowledge, coupled with less than perfect motivation, sometimes convinces us of a course that appears destined for glory, but which ends in futility and frustration.
"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 14:12).
Among the reasons for the humility to which God calls humanity, our own survival appears near the top of the list. How easily we can be dangerously wrong when we are completely convinced of our cause or our opinion. Delusion plagues the human race, both corporately and individually, and the most godly of born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are not exempt from the "seemeth right" that actually leads to "ways of death."
Our hope lies in the awareness of our inclination to delusion, and in the availing ourselves of God's means of saving us from the wrong that seems so right.
"Search me, o God, and know my heart. Try me and know my thoughts. See if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting" (Psalm 139:23-24).
"All Scripture is given by God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (II Timothy 3:16).
"Faithful are the wounds of a friend" (Proverbs 27:6).
We desperately require the Lord, His Word, and His children in order to be saved from our fanciful misconceptions. The frequent prayer for His searching of our hearts, coupled with an open Bible and a sincere willingness to humble ourselves before the counsel of faithful believers keeps us in the place of redeeming humility. "Tell me where I am wrong, Father, especially in those matters where I am deluded into the believing a rightness that is actually darkness." Few spiritual attitudes and sensibilities more provide safe passage through the course of our lives, leading to the way of life known only by those willing to acknowledge that the "seemeth right" often isn't.
"The commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life."
Weekly Memory Verse
Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.