My Dad will never let me live down the fiasco I created when trying to make popcorn balls. I was fairly young at the time but figured I could follow a recipe. I confidently put all the ingredients together in a big bowl in the order listed. Not having read ahead, I did not realize there were steps to be followed! I did it my way and with silly sticky results!
The music of the famous song, “My Way,” was based on the French song, “Comme D’Habitude.” The words describe a man facing his own mortality and reflecting on a life done his own way. It says, “For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught.” How glad I am that this is not true! I am not on my own. I have the Lord! My life has a plan and a purpose, created by the One who created me!
I know what happens when I do things my own way. I get in trouble and I make a mess. Proverbs 14:12 (and 16:25) says, “There is a way which seems right to a man….” I can so easily fool myself into thinking my way is the right way. This happened to the Israelites as well in our verse for today. They did not understand what was truly righteous and they reasoned that their way was better.
I know His way is often the harder way. I sometimes do not understand the logic behind His way either. But one thing is sure. His way is better than mine.