The Ways of Life
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalm 1:6 NKJV
In life, there many roads that leads to many destinations. But there are only two roads and two destinations that lead to eternity. One road leads to heaven—way of the righteous; and the other road leads to hell—the way of the ungodly. These are inescapable truths.
The first mention of the word “way” in the Bible is found in Genesis 3:24 when God expelled Adam and Eve, from the Garden of Eden, for their rebellious and irresponsible behavior, after they sinned against God’s command. After God’s judgment of Cherubim and a flaming sword to protect the “tree of life”, they could no longer travel that “way” of life; and thus, began to die spiritually and eventually, physically.
There are only two ways of looking at life—the God-centered viewpoint, which leads to life, and a man-centered viewpoint that leads to death. Ergo, the psalmist concluded that there are only two ways of life—the way of the righteous and the way of the ungodly.
It has been said that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Good intentions aren’t good enough. Everything that seems right, or looks right, or sounds right, or even feels right may not be right, but it may lead to death (Prov. 14:12; 16:25). Jesus taught in His Sermon on the Mount that life presents us with two “gates” that lead to two ways: the narrow gate is the way that leads to life and the broad gate leads to death (Matt. 7:13-14).
So, what is the way of the righteous? Isaiah spoke of the “way” that we should walk in and not turn to the right hand or to the left hand (Isa. 30:21). Jesus said that He was and is that way (John 14:6). Make no mistake about it. Jesus doesn’t show the way; He is the way. Salvation is in a person (2 Tim. 1:12). Jesus is not one of many ways. He is the only way to heaven; not religion, the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, not even Church membership. In life, there is only the way of the righteous and the way of the ungodly. Jesus is the way of the righteous.