The Bible teaches that man’s own wisdom is not a good guide for this life, and especially leading into life eternal. Blessed with much wisdom, King Solomon wrote, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Prov. 14:12). Called to be one of God’s prophet to Israel, Jeremiah said, “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jer. 10:23). From these two scriptures, we are instructed concerning the danger of using our own wisdom as a guide. Yet so many religious people are guided by their own understanding or by man’s wisdom. So many are guided by their emotions or feelings of the heart. Many are guided by various man-made sources. And none of those guides will lead anyone to Heaven. So who or what should be our guide?
Listen to others words from Solomon, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil” (Prov. 3:5-7). Solomon instructs us, that the Lord should be our guide. David described as “the man after God’s own heart,” wrote, “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path” (Psa.119:105). God’s Word ought to be our guide. His Word (the Bible) is the only sufficient guide that will lead us to Heaven. If we were to summarize the Bible into one word, that one word would be the name, “Jesus.” If the Bible is our guide, it will always and only lead us to Jesus. Notice what Jesus said about himself: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John. 14:6). May the Bible be our guide in all that we say and do for God’s glory (Col. 3:17).