Choices by Torrie Slaughter
Proverbs 14:12 reads, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death.” This verse serves as a powerful reminder that our own understanding and desires can lead us astray. It highlights the importance of seeking God’s guidance and wisdom in all aspects of our lives.
In our daily lives, we often face decisions that seem clear-cut and straightforward.
We may think we know what’s best for us, and we may feel confident in our ability to make the right choice. However, Proverbs 14:12 cautions us against relying solely on our own understanding.
When we prioritize seeking God’s will, we open ourselves up to a world of possibilities that we may have never considered. We begin to see situations from a different perspective and may be led down a path we never would have chosen for ourselves. We may even be asked to make sacrifices or choices that seem difficult at the time, but ultimately lead to greater blessings and growth.
At times, seeking God’s guidance can feel daunting or uncertain. We may wonder if we are truly hearing from Him, or if our own desires are clouding our judgment. However, by leaning into prayer, reading the Bible, and seeking wise counsel from trusted individuals, we can gain a deeper understanding of God’s will for our lives.
Ultimately, Proverbs 14:12 reminds us that we cannot rely solely on our own understanding. We must seek God’s guidance and trust that His plan for our lives is far greater than anything we could ever imagine.
WHY SHOULD WE DO THAT…I’ll tell you
Fear often arises from a loss of control, yet this same loss of control can also be a catalyst for change. This sentiment, expressed by author James Frey, reminds us that while we cannot always control our circumstances, we do have a choice in how we respond to them.
Reflecting on past years, I had a plan in place that unfortunately could not be executed due to the pandemic. Initially, the pandemic brought people together as we faced a common enemy. However, as time passed, it began to divide us. What was missing was unity – a sense of working towards a shared goal.
It’s easy to follow a plan that appears rational and pleases a specific group of people, but it’s important to consider the bigger picture. This includes prayer and seeking God’s direction. When we prioritize seeking God’s will, our choices become clearer, and we can trust that we are moving towards a favorable outcome that glorifies our Father. On the other hand, following our own desires and perspectives can divide and destroy.
As you read through today’s passages, take a moment to reflect on how your decisions impact those around you. Are you ready to turn the tide and accept responsibility by seeking Jesus’ guidance? Remember, we may not always be in control of our circumstances, but we do have a choice in how we respond to them.
Torrie is a media ministry consultant who works with churches and faith driven organizations to build their ministry team. She is the Blueprint Specialist uncovering root problems to construct solutions. Want to hear more? Tune in and listen to A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional a podcast by Our Given Purpose