It’s no secret that change is afoot in our culture, with increased secularization ushering in confusion, uncertainty and moral chaos.
There’s a general sense in the world that whatever works for a person or feels good should be the path worth exploring and embracing.
On the surface, such a worldview sounds right, good and personally fruitful — but the Bible warns us that there’s a major difference between the world’s standards and God’s. Sometimes, something seems right and decent, but reality might paint a very different picture.
This, of course, is hardly a new paradigm. Solomon dealt with this deceptive dynamic nearly 3,000 years ago when he wrote Proverbs 14:12, which reads: “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”
Plainly stated: Feelings can deceive us. And that's a fact. The best way to check ourselves is to take our feelings, whims and struggles to God (in prayer).
We no doubt live in a culture that tends to shun Truth, or to, at the least, scoff at it. Solomon also addresses this dynamic, writing in Proverbs 14:9 that “fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.”
In the end, it’s up to us to take our concerns to God and to be discerning about the circumstances we find ourselves in. This can be difficult in today’s culture, which is why daily Bible reading and prayer are essential to keeping us in touch with God’s will for our lives.
Being discerning is simple; I just takes some effort on our part. Seeking knowledge is key: “The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.” (Proverbs 14:6). Verse 15 goes on to reaffirm this message, telling us that "the simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps."
Are you giving thoughts to your steps forward today? Pause, pray and ask God for guidance.
Be sure to also check out my quick devotions and reflections on Proverbs 1, Proverbs 2, Proverbs 3, Proverbs 4, Proverbs 5, Proverbs 6, Proverbs 7, Proverbs 8, Proverbs 9, Proverbs 10, Proverbs 11, Proverbs 12, Proverbs 13, Proverbs 14 and Proverbs 15. And...curious about what all this means? Looking to better understand who God is? Take the next step.