Recently I took a vacation. I went to a place I had been to several times, the last time around five years ago. This time I was going to the vacation spot from the opposite side of its location. I followed the GPS and made it there with no detours or slowdowns. Going home the GPS guided me to take a different way. I didn’t want to go that way because I knew a shorter distance to home. So I took the shortest way home. I was sure I had made the right choice, but in time, I soon found out that the short distance was the longest time because the traffic was very slow due to several accidents. The GPS was guiding me around the accidents.
The proverb in verse 25 does not concern the way to get home from a vacation, though some may apply it to a trip home. It can also be applied to lifestyle choices but is not meant to be applied to lifestyles because all die no matter what choices are made. Rather, this proverb concerns the way to eternal life in paradise.
How then to know the right way? How can I not fool myself? I turn to God for the answer to the question, “Which way is the right way to eternal life in paradise after I die?” 1 Corinthians 15:22 says, “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” Jesus said so himself. He taught, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13) “I am the way and the truth and the life,” Jesus declared. “No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)