Proverbs 14:12 tells us that there is a way that, to us, appears to be right. However, not only is that way not right, but it also leads to death. In the Garden of Eden, when Eve listened to the serpent, the fruit that was forbidden must have looked good. Due to the serpent’s deception, it seemed right for her and Adam to eat it. They decided to follow their own way, the way that looked right, rather than God’s way, and the result was that sin and death entered the world. That was the consequence of following the wrong way.
There may be times in our lives when something before us seems to be right. It could be a job, a financial investment, a decision about a relationship. When we are facing a decision and we choose a way that does not line up with God’s will, it can lead us into trouble. We could be setting ourselves up for a consequence we will later regret. So, how do we know what God’s will is? How do we know if our choice is a good one and if the way that appears “right” is actually wrong? To know these things, we need to know God. And the best way to get to know God is through Scripture, His Word.
2 Timothy 3:16 says that Scripture is inspired by God. Since God is good, so is His Word. His Word is able to teach us what is good and true. It can help us to know what is wrong in our lives. When we are wrong, when we are living or choosing wrong, God’s Word not only corrects us but also teaches us to do what is right. When we study His Word and let it dwell in our hearts and in our minds, when we follow His Word, our lives will be successful and we will prosper.
God’s Word shows us the way that is good. God’s ways, God’s commands, and God’s will for us are all good. When we are facing a way that appears to be right, our best course of action is to consult God’s road map for our lives, His Word.