Today’s word for April 14, 2011

There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death.
Proverbs 14:12

To get from one place to another, there are always different options or routes to follow. Some of these routes enable us to reach our goal even if they look dissimilar. The differences usually are related to questions of travel distances, traffic volumes, road conditions, path tortuosity, presence or absence of landscapes, etc., but in terms of ability to connect one point to another these different options are equivalent. Many other route options can be present before us and they may even give us the impression that they might lead us to where we want to go but their destinations are not the place we seek. A fourth group of roads clearly exhibit characteristics that indicate that these are not in any way the right paths to follow to reach our goal. In other words, there are paths that seem appropriate and indeed they are, there are also other paths which at first do not seem right but they are, still there are paths which might seem adequate but they are not, and finally there are paths that are clearly not the appropriate way. The most difficult category and also the most common is that of those roads that seem appropriate but they are not. It is possible that a bad road sign or an apparent feature confuse us and lead us to make a bad decision.

For the children of God the way forward is clearly indicated by the word of God. The Bible is our road map that clearly indicates what routes we should take, how fast we have to move, the estimated time for the completion of different stages, what sights are along the route, which difficult or complicated stretches will be necessary to go through and what things we should be aware of in order to avoid surprises or interruptions in our travel. Why risk taking a path that can lead us astray, to a dead end or to a deep ravine when we have the opportunity to travel on the right and proper way that will lead us safely to our destination? Let us help others to find the correct path for their lives but let us also understand that without the help and guidance from God any selection will be poor regardless of how good it looks. To God alone be the glory!

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