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verse 12: “There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”

Both of my sons enjoy playing Nintendo DS games. They even spend their money, at times, on books listing “cheat codes” for some of the games. These codes allow them to access upper levels of a game. I never understood that, because it seems like you are “cheating” (thus the name) to get to areas of the game that you would eventually get to if you just continued trying to win the game. It seems to take away the satisfaction of traveling the longer, harder path of learning the game, and being satisfied with earning your way to the win.

Today’s verse references the paths we take and the consequences of them. Both footnotes in my Ryrie Bible and the Holman concordance refer to taking a path that seems like a “shortcut to success” (Ryrie Bible). Sometimes, we take that path, only to find that it leads to a dead end or worse. To succeed in some endeavors takes hard work, time, effort, and commitment; there are no shortcuts to those successes.

To some people, accepting Jesus’ gift of salvation can seem very hard to do. You don’t have to earn your way to this victory; actually, you can’t earn it. Jesus already did the hard part. All we have to do is accept His gift, and live for Him. No cheat codes required.

Something to think about.

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