“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief”
Few people set out to destroy their own lives. They looked at something or thought of it, and then said, “I must have it.” They want a relationship or a career, and will pull out all stops to get it. They set their heart on it because they thought it would bring them happiness. They trusted their own wisdom above God’s. Some do not consciously disobey God, they simply fail to ask for His guidance.
The verse above summarizes an approach to life with predictable results. Someone pursues his or her own agenda, but comes up short. For a season, they laugh, they pat themselves on the back, and even seem to prosper. But then the laughing ceases or, even if it continues for a while, the heart grows heavy. Many people put on an outward display of endless smiles, mask a gnawing emptiness that grows with each passing day. Maybe they achieved a measure of success, but then it goes up in smoke. Isn’t it time to return to God?
God’s final argument to Job asked him to consider who is wise (see Job 38-41). God asked Job to examine the treasures of nature, and the complex makeup of creation. Can you, Job, match that? He then appealed to the great creatures that roam the earth or swim the seas. Who created them with such strength and cunning? Did Job create them? God led Job to consider God’s wisdom as the final solution to man’s quest to find meaning. At the end, Job wisely confessed his own ignorance compared to God’s wisdom:
“Then Job answered the Lord and said: ‘Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further’ ” (Job 40:3-5).
We can safely trust God’s wisdom above our own because He is Lord, worthy of trust and worship. We can follow Him wherever He leads because He leads us through the valley (Psalm 23:4). God has proven His faithfulness to us over and over again, and we need to place our trust in Him.
Some people boldly declare, “I follow my gut instincts,” while others proclaim, “I commit everything to my carefully planned reason.” Both approaches have one thing in common: They trust in themselves. But listen:
“Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered” (Proverbs 28:26).
Read God’s Word daily to grow in wisdom, and then ask Him for wisdom for the day (James 1:5). He will not fail you nor forsake you.
Posted on Wed, June 1, 2016
by Sam Petitfils