“There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”.
Proverbs 16:25. “Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way
that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat”. Matt 7:13
Today is the last Sabbath in the year, if you are reading this devotion on
December 28, 2020. Many will make resolutions and decisions in the next few
days. What should the Christian do at this season of introspection and selfexamination? There comes a time to reassess, to evaluate because “January is
Coming”. Two authors come to mind: Robert Frost (1916), in his poem “The Road Not
Taken” and Scott Peck (1978) in his book, “The Road Less Travelled”. Frost who faces
two roads and two choices ultimately takes the “road not travelled” although he claims
that either road could have brought him to a destination. Peck’s thesis is that life is
difficult, and sometimes, we are called to take pathways that may be unconventional
and unfamiliar and in all that we do we must care for our inner souls.
How does the Christian determine which road should be taken and what criteria
may we use? To arrive at an answer, there are three questions posed—what is real
(metaphysics); what is true and of knowledge (epistemology), and what is of value
(axiology) which derives into ethics (what actions are good), and aesthetics (what is
beautiful). Our reality determines our knowledge and our knowledge drives our values
through actions. Yet, we are not always persuaded to follow what we know or feel to be
true. Our reality becomes the starting point that determines the answers to all the other
questions. For some reality is in what is seen and felt and perceived; for others it is in
the abstraction of ideas; for others it is the faith in God that we strive to understand; for
some others, it is what works to our best advantage , and yet for others still, it is an
existentialist belief in the inner self.
For the Christian our reality is grounded in the Bible, the belief that God is in
charge and ever present. It is a reality that climbs beyond what we can know through
our senses, or through abstract ideas to a reality that is driven by faith and bounded by
rationality, the rationality of trusting in God at all times. It is from that reality that we
adopt our source of knowledge, the Bible, to determine our values of what is right and
permissible against what is wrong and impermissible.
As we consider choices this new year, we must exhibit faith in God, and in His
Word to determine what is right and wrong (ethics), above what is merely convenient
and expedient or what brings us the most pleasure, for “there is a way that seems right
unto a man, that is the way of death”. Many roads will beckon, but few should be
taken. The Christian must form a decision-making framework that is spiritual, ethical
and legal for him that knows to do right and then does not do it, it becomes sin. We are
driven down the shortest roads, the broadest, and easiest paths in decision-making. It
is only through constant connection with God in praying without ceasing (recurring pray)
that we will be led to take and keep decisions that are worthy of honor. It is the road less
travelled and sometimes the roads not taken that might prove to be the appropriate
paths. What about deciding on the destination before the road is taken. It is the
destination that will determine the road, and not the other way around. Let us pray that
God will bring to light the destinations, so that we can decide on the road to take, and
how to get there. My friends, January is coming, but Jesus is always here and He is all
the world to me. https://youtu.be/hTZikoK5lho.