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Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Proverbs 16:25

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There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death.

Proverbs 16:25 NIV

I like donuts—especially apple fritters. The first few bites are like an explosion of flavor in my mouth. Nothing tastes better. And I gobble it down. But then I pay for it. My stomach can no longer handle that sugar overload and will remind me of that for the next few hours. And that reminds me of this verse. Eating that apple fritter seemed so right. But, in the end, it led to trouble.

But this verse is about much more than eating a donut. It is really about the direction of my life. How often have I chosen what seemed best to me, even when it was contrary to God’s direction in his word? And it might have even seemed good for a while. But, in the end, it led to disaster.

But even more significant is my overall way of life. It might seem like committing my life to Jesus as my Lord and Savior would rob me of the joys this world has to offer. So I might well choose a way of life that seems to be more personally advantageous. And it might even work out well for me in this life. But appearances are deceiving, and, in the end, it leads to death, eternal death.

Be sure that you are walking in the way that leads to life. And that way is with Jesus (John 14:6).

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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