Pr. 14:8: “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.”
We just got back from a wonderful driving vacation where we covered about 2,000 miles. A crucial part of that trip was the map. Without that map, we would not have known where to go. We had a very specific route and order that we wanted to follow. Just to be sure, we had it on paper and on the gps. We wanted to ensure we got where we desired to go when we desired to be there.
This verse speaks to us about how important it is to truly understand our way. The destination we have in mind for ourselves is good, but we have to choose the path that will get us there. Not all paths lead to a life full of integrity. Not all paths lead to a good reputation, a faithful marriage, a life of missions, the job or ministry to which we feel led, or even to heaven.
Keeping our final destination in mind, we cannot deceive ourselves into thinking that another path will still end at the same spot. We also cannot allow others to deceive us, telling us it’s ok to take another path.
With help from the best guide of all, The Holy Spirit, we must strive to understand our way; whether it will lead us to our desired destination or not. We cannot become lackadaisical on our journey, allowing ourselves to wander down paths that lead us in another direction.
Speaking specifically to heaven, there is but One way. His name is Jesus Christ. No matter how many detours the world throws our way, we must use prudence to understand the truth.