Proverbs 14:12 - There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
How do you define what is right and what is true? Is it based on what you determine to be right in your own eyes or is it based upon what the Word of God considers to be right?
Yashar-El=One who wishes to go by the path of the Creator. One who wants everything he or she does to rise straight to God our Creator and does not wish to have any other aim, but to please God and not self, anyone or anything else as priority.
Who, what or where is your view of what is right coming from? Is it "I" according to you?
Scripture says in Psalm 100:3a-It is the Lord God who has made us and not we ourselves. If God is our maker, it would make sense that He alone knows what is right, therefore, right would be viewed from the eyes of God and not "I".
There is danger in believing that what "I" see is right and what God says is wrong, for our text reminds and warns us that there is a way that seems right to a man, but it's end is the way of death.
In other words, There are some evil actions or courses which men may think to be lawful and good, either throughignorance, self-flattery, or through want , butexamining our actions by the rule of God’s Word is the only route to take for the route of “I” promises a regretful and painful end.
One thing that I have learned in these few short years I have lived is that appearances and first impressions are not always accurate.
As believers, the Word of God is our compass. Scripture declares in Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Did you hear that? God’s Word is our lamp and light, not “I”.
The mindset of seeing what is right according to "I" and not God's Word is where you find yourself on today?
In this text, we are told that right in the eyes of "I" ends in death. In other words, doing what is right in your own eyes leads to eternal separation from God.
Oh, what a terrible place to be spiritually. A place of self. A place of exclusion of God just to please "I" and look good before men. A place of temporary fixes that ends with eternal consequences if we transition from this life to the next and we have spent our years living according to what is right in the eyes of "I".
Proverbs 21:2 - People may be right in their own eyes but the Lord examines their heart.
It's amazing how we can actually rationalize and justify every single thing we do in the name of "I".
We can convince ourselves that we can do whatever we think we can, want and have the power to do, but remember, it is "GOD" who examines the heart and will be the final judge in your life and in mine.
It is the Lord who examines every motive behind every act.
Anyone who has convinced themselves that "I" am in control of my life, "I" can do whatever "I" want or pleases to do, will eventually be faced with "rejection" in the end, where all that we have done on this side of earth will come into account, be it good or evil.
When all the serving "Me" is over, what do you have left? A heart that will be examined by God based on "Me".
Although being a Christian is not a guarantee that we will always do everything right, or that we will never commit a sin, our position in Christ Jesus places us in a different catergory than the rest of the world who has chosen the better path called "I" so they think.
If Christ and obedience to Him is our goal in life, if the Holy Spirit dwells in us, if our names are written in the lamb book of life, we have an assurance that God is working in, through and with us to work all things together for our good. He is working to bring us to an expected end in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6- For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Living according to what is right in the eyes of "I" is where we have arrived to in this world in which we live, but oh, the danger of the mind whose God has become “I”.
The same was said about the people of Israel in the days of the judges. Let's listen to Judges 21:25-In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes. Guess what? The “I’s” did not go unpunished, eventhough they were God’s chosen people.
Everyone of us are without excuse. We have a King and His name is “Jesus Chirst.” Whether we choose Christ as our King or not, it does not negate the fact that He is “King of Kings” in all the earth.
One thing for sure and that is God did not place us in this earth without the knowledge of who He is. We have His written Word called the “Bible.”
God has placed Preachers, Teachers, Evangelist, Elders, Bishops, Pastors, etc in the world to aid us in understanding, study and life application of His Word, therefore we are without excuse.
What is the attitude of your heart? Is it “I”? What is the motivation of your heart? Is it “I”? Why do you do what I do? Is it because of “I”?
Proverbs 12:15-The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
Where do you stand on today? How are you operating your life? As wise or foolish?
You have just heard above what scripture says about “I” and living according to right in it’s view. What are you gonna do with the Gospel truth that you have just read and heard in your ears?
Wise in the eyes of “I” or wise in the eyes of “God”? How do you describe you?
God’s Word declares that true wisdom listens to counsel. Which do you possess? The wisdom of God or the wisdom of a fool? We all possess one of the two.
Believe it or not, it is of absolute necessity and importance that we see ourselves as God sees us. This includes understanding where we are in our spiritual walk with God and where we should be with Him because our future, eternal destination depends upon relationship with or without Christ this and everyday.
Living according to what is right in the eyes of “I”? There is danger on that path called “eternal destruction” and I urge you on today to seek God for His way is a way of everlasting love, peace and joy in Him and with Him.
If you are living your life according to what is right in the eyes of “I”, I beg and plea with you on today that you seek the Lord for you have been deceived by satan into believing that living according to “I” guarantees you a seat in heaven when it only guarantees you a seat in hell separated from God.
Seek the Lord while He may be found and I guarantee you that when you find Him, “I” will have an immediate death.
Remember the danger of "I" as the path not to take.
God bless you and do tell the Lord thank you for reminding us on today that true wisdom starts with the knowledge of God.