Proverbs 14:12, 16:25 tells us that, “there is a way that seems right to a man but its end is death thereof.”
Could you please explain this passage. How does a person think he/she is right in the following areas (eg. career, relationships, family, religion) but in the
end it leads to death?
What are some present day applications on the above verses?
First, let me quote the two passages that you mention from Proverbs:
PRO 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
PRO 16:25 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
These are extremely important verses and they relate a principle to us that applies now as much as it applied to the Jewish people to whom it had been written. Simply put, the principle is that we, as human beings, can believe in a way of knowledge that we accept as true, but actually will lead us away from God and to destruction. The main application is to accepting false spiritual truth and in doing so, this will affect all areas of our life (family, job and so on), but especially our relationship with God.
From the beginning, God made us in such a way that we are given the choice as to what we will believe and how we will behave,either for good or for evil. The first couple, Adam and Eve, chose to reject the truth of God and believe Satan. Being deceived by Satan who said that their actions would not lead to death, they partook of the forbidden fruit and suffered the horrid consequences. From that point on, individuals have been faced with the same choices.
Although God allows us the choice of following deceptive ways, He has plainly told us what His will is and how we are to look to it above all else. As we look to and follow His word, this is how we please Him, not seeking to direct ourselves in deception but humbling ourselves before Him and seeking to know and follow His Word.
JOH 8:31 ¶ Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;
JOH 8:32 and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ”
ACT 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ– this Jesus whom you crucified.”
ACT 2:37 ¶ Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?”
ACT 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
ACT 2:39 “For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself.”
ACT 2:40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!”
ACT 2:41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
ACT 2:42 And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
By Gary Hunt