Before Each Person




 It’s not like every movie I see makes a great impact on me.

I don’t watch movies often, but when I do, I am hopeful that there will be some significant meaning to the experience.

Still, there are the really good ones and then there are the so-so ones.

This past week, a character on a currently popular film helped me visualize a lesson from the Bible.

In fact, I don’t think I will ever forget it.

The images are still with me.

In Proverbs 16:25, we are given these words:

There is a path before each person that seems right,
    but it ends in death.

The character in the movie I watched just knew what he was hoping for in the future.

He could see himself in his new setting, even visualizing what it would be like.

Several scenes portrayed what his thoughts were as he daydreamed about what he would be experiencing.

This, in and of itself, is not such a bad thing.

It helps to think and plan about the future, considering the outcome of our hopes and dreams.

Because it was a movie and not real life, the audience could clearly tell that what this character hoped for would bring about his eventual end.

There was no doubt about it.

The character simply had too limited an understanding of himself and of the consequences surrounding choices that would bring him closer to his "dream."

What was obvious to anyone watching was completely imperceptible to him.

Will I ever be able to forget such a vivid example of wishing for something that God knows will bring me harm?

My thoughts are tiny and obscure; God’s thoughts are unfathomable.

When I think that I know what I want, I need to listen for God’s voice.

Is He in agreement with me—

or is He advising me against that which will lead to my harm?





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