Tomorrow the remains of one of the more influential mentors in my life will be buried in a hole in the ground after a long battle with cancer. He is no longer limited to the confines of his broken suffering body. He now has a new eternal body in which he can stand in the presence of God. In his life he helped many people find the right path for their lives. He loved to fish for salmon and trout when he was out on the water almost as much as he loved to fish for the souls of human beings in obedience to the call of God that led him into ministry. Today’s proverb reminds me of him because it was one of the verses he taught to the people he discipled.
12 There is a path before each person that seems right,
but it ends in death.
Proverbs 14:12 (NLT)
In this proverb Solomon is referencing our human inclination to live our lives in a way that seems right to us, suggesting that following this path leads to death. The inference that follows is that there is a way that leads to eternal life, and though Solomon does reveal here what that is, it is revealed quite clearly in other parts of the scriptures. There is only one path that leads to eternal life and fulfillment in God, and that path leads to the foot of the cross of Jesus. It is not until we humble ourselves and make the choice to believe that Jesus died and rose again to pay the penalty for our sin that we can begin to walk in the right path. This path is not an easy path for it often leads us into places that cause us to be tested. Each of these tests however, cause us to grow stronger and wiser. Someday we will have completed all the tests, at which time it and our bodies like the body of my dear friend will also be laid to rest in the ground. I will ever be grateful to him for showing me more of the right way to walk with Jesus.