There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. – Proverbs 14:12
As a kid I loved to go swimming in Mr. Dodge’s pool. His pool was awesome because it had a deep end that was 10 feet deep! I used to love to try to swim down and try to touch the drain that was at the bottom and see how long I could hold my breath. One day I got the great idea that if I tied a weight around my wrists I would be able to go down quicker and stay down longer! Well, after about twenty seconds at the bottom of the pool I realized my mistake. After a few more terrifying seconds I managed to get my wrist free and swim to the surface. I’ll never forget the look on my mom’s face when I got back to the top.
My story is somewhat humorous, but in a very real way it illustrates the point from today’s proverb. I had to learn the hard way that it is not a good idea to tie weights around my wrists while swimming. My mom knew that, but I didn’t. But knowing myself, even if I had known, I probably would have tried it anyway. It seemed harmless enough.
Many of us still choose to learn things the hard way. Either by ignorance or by disobedience we often do what seems right to us, only to find out that its end is the way to death. My encouragement to you today is this: learn to trust God even when it doesn’t make sense. Our way leads to death, but God’s way leads to life. His commands are not designed to rob you of joy. He wants you to experience the truest and deepest joys possible!
For many of us this is something that we know, but we have a hard time believing. We are content to stay at the bottom of the pool with the weight tied around our wrists. The problem is, eventually, we all run out of breath. Trust God, and ask for the faith to believe that his way is always better.
Father God, you have done for me all things well. You have remembered me, and your love has denied me those things that would have led to my ruin. Thank you for your rod, your discipline, and your mercy. Everything you do is for my ultimate good, and I thank you for that. In Jesus’ name, amen.
– Cameron Ford