“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Life is filled with decisions. Every day you make hundreds of decisions that can affect your life for the good or bad in a moments notice. The verse above says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man…” This phrase is showing that every decision brings you to a destination. God is teaching that it is vitally important that you just don’t choose a way because it seems right, but you should choose a way because it is right. There are several guides to follow in determining which way is the right way.
First, is it a righteous way? You always have to ask yourself if you are choosing to do something because it appeals to your flesh, or are you choosing to do something because it is righteous. Just because what you want to do may appeal to your flesh, and just because it seems right doesn’t make it right. I often hear people say, “I just feel this is the right way.” My friend, never base your decisions off of feelings. Feeling-based decisions always have regretted ramifications. Any time you make a decision, you need to be sure to lay your feelings aside so that you don’t face the death that a feeling-based decision brings.
Second, is it an unselfish way? Verse 14 says, “The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways…” When you do thing to appease your selfishness, you can be assured that your decision will lead to backsliding. The believer should make decisions after the flesh has been crucified. Never base your decisions on how it benefits you; rather, base your decision on whether it is the right thing to do.
Third, is it a prudent way? Verse 15 says, “…the prudent man looketh well to his going.” The word “prudent” means to act with a thought for the future. In other words, every decision should be based on how the future is affected. When you make a decision, always ask yourself where this decision will take you in five years. Instead of looking at how it affects the present, you need to look to where it will take you in the future. Prudent decisions never look at the present fulfillment, but they consider the effects of the future.
Fourth, is it a truthful way? Verse 22 says, “…mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.” Every right decision will always agree with God’s Word. You will never find a right decision that disagrees with God’s Word. If the way you want to go disagrees with the Word of God, you can be assured that the way is a wrong way. Always be sure that any way you choose is in agreement with the Scriptures. You will never regret taking time to be sure that your decisions are in agreement with God’s Word.
Fifth, is it a helpful way. Verse 25 says, “A true witness delivereth souls…” Godly decisions are about helping others; they are not about helping self. When you make a decision, you need to ask yourself if what you are going to do is going to be helpful or hurtful to others. A selfless decision based on helping others always brings the greatest fulfillment in the present and the future.
My friend, you are going to make many decisions today. Let me encourage you to let these five questions help guide you in making the right decisions. All it takes to ruin your day or life is to make one bad decision. Certainly, every decision we make is not always going to be right, but these five guidelines can help you make blessed decisions.