There is a way which
seemeth right unto a man
"There is a way which seemeth right unto a
man; but the end thereof are the ways of death. " Proverb 14:12
Twice in the book of Proverbs (14:12 and
16:25) we learn that man's judgment as to the right way is not
reliable. What seems right to him ends in disaster and death.
During World War II the Navy gave a vivid
illustration of this to its flight personnel. It was trying to
impress on them that when they were flying at high altitudes and did
not use their oxygen, they could not trust their senses. A pilot was
instructed to enter a decompression chamber and sit down at a table
on which was a sheet of mathematical problems. Oxygen was withdrawn
from the chamber to simulate high altitudes. When the air became
less dense, the pilot was told to solve the problems. He was also
told that no one had done so correctly so far.
The pilot would breeze through the
problems with utmost confidence that he had beaten the system. The
problems seemed easy, and he had every assurance that he would
receive a perfect score. There was no doubt in his mind about it.
But when oxygen was fed back into the
chamber, and he emerged to have his paper corrected, he learned that
his ability to solve problems had been seriously impaired by the
lack of oxygen getting to his brain. The lesson was, of course, that
if he flew at high altitudes without using his oxygen, he wouldn't
be able to trust his own judgment, and he would be inviting a crash.
Man's judgment has been seriously impaired
by sin. He feels absolutely sure that the way to heaven is by doing
the best he can. If you tell him that no one has ever been saved by
good works, he still has every confidence that he will be the first
to beat the system. He is certain that God would never turn him away
from the gates of heaven.
But he is wrong, and if he persists in
his lack of "spiritual oxygen", he will perish. His safety lies in
trusting the Word of God rather than his own judgment. If he does
so, he will repent of his sins and receive the Lord Jesus Christ
as his Lord and Savior. Because God's Word is truth, those who
believe it can be confident that they are following the right
Print this page | Back