The scripture for today, August 20, is Proverbs 8:20 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible.
“I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice.”
Interestingly, the original Hebrew of “way” is customary path, and the original Hebrew of “paths” is customary road.
If we had a house out in the country, it would have paths leading to and from it. These paths would be taken in our day-to-day life without much thought. In the same way, we live out our principles and moral standards pretty much the same every day on such paths.
But eventually these paths can merge into major roads. Now we have to make major decisions: Which road to take. Our life decisions on such roads must be based on justice.
It is sometimes hard to make right judgments because we can get emotionally involved and start wishing for an outcome that cannot possibly occur. In those cases, we must stand back and consider, “What would be the just thing to do if someone else had to make this decision?”.
We could also ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do?”. After all, Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, the Life” (John 14:6).