O (Observation): Not every way leads to death. But the author seems to be clarifying that some ways, which may seem to be right, can also be a way the leads to death.
A (Application): Well, great! Now what?!?!
All hope is not lost : )
A friend of mine often says this about sin: Sin is Death masquerading around as Life. Sometimes, a thing we do brings us hope and joy, but that thing can also create an unrest in our souls.
An example might be how one handles wealth. We might feel that a financial abundance gives us joy, but one must also be careful that it doesn’t create an insatiable appetite for MORE wealth. The same could be said for power.
If we are unsure of what to do about this conundrum, we can turn to another proverb in the same chapter:
Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the Lord is like a life-giving fountain, to turn people from deadly snares.
Let us remain humble before the Lord. Let us check in with one another about our attitudes towards wealth and power and other temptations, lest we act hastily, and follow the path that leads us evermore away from God.
Jesus’ death and resurrection brings with it a release from the power of sin and death. That power, and the gift of the Holy Spirit and the faith community, allows us access to discerning what brings life and what brings death. Let us use these gifts that have been freely given to us.
What vexes you these days? What seems to bring life, but actually carries death along with it? Wealth? Power? Ambition?
P (Prayer): Lord, you know our hearts and desires. Being us clarity as to that which brings life and that which leads to death. Amen.