Proverbs 14:12 (ESV) … “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”
Everyone will travel down the road of life. However, not everyone will travel the same path. The idea of life being like a road is nothing really new to us. We all have a beginning, and we all know at some point life will have an end.
Some will know prosperity in life and some will not. Some will know good health in life and some will not. Some will live in big cities, and some will never leave the rural countryside. Some will marry and have a family, and some will go the journey alone.
When we come to verse 12 of Proverbs 14, the writer is talking about the two roads of life we chose as it applies to “conduct,” “behavior,’ or “manner of life.” The phrase “seems right” suggests a moral manner of conduct. The picture may be that of a journey in which the traveler believes they are headed on a straight road or path toward some destination but discovers only too late that their way leads to death.
The good news of the Gospel of Jesus tells us that it is not our behavior or conduct that gains us eternal life; instead, it comes by way of a relationship with Jesus. In John 14:6, Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
No matter which road of life we get to travel. Whether it be the road of riches, the trail of success, the path of power or the route of popularity we must all come to God through Jesus or you don’t come at all. If we don’t choose the way of Jesus, we cannot have eternal life. The statement by Jesus is not arrogant—just true.