24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent,
that he may turn away from Sheol beneath. (ESV)
24 The path of life leads upward for the wise
to keep him from going down to the grave. (NIV)
If you have been reading since the first chapter of Proverbs, you probably know where this is going to go. Just in case, here we go:
Many passages I use will be used out of their full context, but I assure you that the message does not change!
Hebrews 9:27 says “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment . . .”
For the average person on our planet, that should induce fear. If it does not, as expressed several times throughout Proverbs, you are a fool. I am sorry to put it so bluntly, but that is the case.
If this is true, then we will face a perfect Judge. By the standards of the perfect Judge, we all fall short.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
If you have ever been selfish, envious, or lustful of someone; if you have ever lied, cheated, or stolen; if you have ever hated or despised someone; or if you have loved something more than God, among many other things, you have sinned and fall short of the standards of God, the perfect Judge.
Getting To Heaven
The wise know they have faults and “skeletons in the closet” of their past. The wise know they are in need of help.
The wise will heed the words of the Bible, which speak the truth of Life:
(To finish those verses above)
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation (Hebrews 9:28)
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. (Romans 3:22-26)
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
Gracious Savior, open the eyes of the people and make us wise. Help us to seek out Your Truth, to find the Way of Life. Give us the faith we need to believe!