Which way is right?

Which Way is Right?

Ever have a GPS lead you the wrong way? I have a poor sense of direction, not gonna lie, and I rely on a GPS to guide me. But when it is wrong, I really need to know which way is right. Solomon guides us today to the right way of living. But knowing the right way and doing it are two different things. We still have to choose to follow directions or we will go the wrong way.

Bible Reading of the Day: Proverbs 21

Right off the bat in Proverbs 21 we see that God is in control. And what seems right to man might not be right. Proverbs 21:1-3

“A king’s heart is like channeled water in the Lord’s hand: He directs it wherever he chooses.All a person’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs hearts. Doing what is righteous and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. 4 The lamp that guides the wicked—haughty eyes and an arrogant heart—is sin. 5 The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit, but anyone who is reckless certainly becomes poor.”

The unrighteous do not know the way. They are led by their pride and sin. The unrighteous are not good guides. But the righteous are characterized by wisdom, kindness, and the pursuit of God and His righteousness. They seek the LORD as their guide.

Which Way is Right—Seek wisdom

Proverbs 21:12 “The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked; he brings the wicked to ruin.”

The righteous consider their way. They consider the way of the wicked and look to the plumb line of Scripture as their guide. They seek wisdom, knowing that they themselves do not know the way. We can tend to rely on self or on popular opinion when trying to determine what is right. But it is in admitting that we don’t know the way that we find it. We need to be thoughtful, not reckless.

Which Way is Right—Pursue righteousness

Proverbs 21:21

“The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love will find life, righteousness, and honor.”

We find which way is right by pursuing righteousness. We examine our way of life to see if it is right – if it agrees with God’s word.

Which Way is Right—Being Others-Centered

Proverbs 21:25-27

25 “A slacker’s craving will kill him because his hands refuse to work. 26 He is filled with craving all day long, but the righteous give and don’t hold back. 27 The sacrifice of a wicked person is detestable—how much more so when he brings it with ulterior motives!”

The righteous are generous and others-focused. They have a Kingdom mentality and are not driven by selfish ulterior motives.

Scripture of the Day:  Proverbs 21:2-3

“People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart. The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.”

We can’t find which way is right within our own selves. Our own hearts are even deceptive. We find which way is right when we don’t just know the way, we do it.

Friends, we need to rise up and live what is right and be culture changers.


  • When we pursue righteousness we live out what is right and help others to find it.
  • Don’t depend on self — man makes a poor GPS.
  • Lean on God’s understanding and word to find the right way.
  • Don’t be deceived. Follow God, not man or self.

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Day #243: Proverbs 21

Scripture of the Day: Proverbs 21:2-3

Listen: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Prov.21

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