Proverbs 14:12 Dissected & Defined
There is a way (course of life) which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (end of life).
The voice of reason: a friend or enemy? When your mind determines reasons for why something should be done, it signals those reasons to your will. This represents our decision-making processes. It is the voice of reason.
God intends for us to determine right from wrong, good from bad, and what matters most from what matters least by developing an inner voice greater than the voice of reason.
The voice of reason can let you down. The still, small voice of your Redeemer will not. The voice of reason comes from the negotiations of your thoughts. Your mind does battle with itself, giving thought to different options, equations, situations, and consequences. This process is referred to as meditation, “choosing to dwell on particular thoughts.” The conclusion of these thoughts becomes your reason for why you do things.
Good Reason Does Not Equal Good Decisions
This verse tells us that when we choose our own way, we will think that it seems right. It will be the voice of reason. We even come up with good reasons for our decisions. However, these reasons could lead us to a spiritual and even a premature physical death. They seem right, but are not. Where did we go wrong? Should we reject the voice of reason? The answer is simple—yes. Never listen to the voice of reason.
Please understand, when faced with decisions, it is more than appropriate to consider all the ramifications of your decisions. But, that is not where you should begin, neither where you should end your considerations. Your reasonable conclusions could lead to death.
Good Decisions Are Prompted
Rather than obeying the voice of reason, you must search for the inner voice of reason. God has reasons for why and what He wants you to do. He will prompt you to take His steps, the right steps. He may not give you the reasons, but He will give you His voice!