“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” ~ Proverbs 14:12
The science of complexity studies systems that contain interacting components. If the interactions among these components are non-deterministic/intractable and/or the number of components is large, it becomes mathematically impossible to predict exactly the outcome of any changes in the system. Indeed, such systems are so intractable that statistical/probabilistic approaches must be used, i.e., complexity scientists can only tell us the probability/likelihood of a particular outcome.
Human life is one such complex system. It is so complex that individuals cannot be modeled mathematically with any reasonable success. Counterintuitively, it is easier to predict the likely behaviour of groups/populations than individuals. The life of any individual just has too many undefinable parts that interact in undefinable ways with each other.
Though science is just discovering this, God knew this from the day He created us. Consequently, He warns us in this text, and elsewhere, that our view of what is right is precarious: human beings are predisposed to bad judgment, because our minds are simply unable to keep track of everything that goes on in us and around us. Moreover, there are supernatural forces that try to influence our lives in ways we cannot detect (Ephesians 6:10-12). Scripture puts it this way:
“For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away… For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:9-10, 12
Consequently, just as a blind man must be led, the only sensible choice for men is to seek the guidance of The One Who knows all and sees all: Jehovah. We just don’t have the capacity to figure out life on our own. Much that we give ourselves credit for was really due to God’s direction “behind the scenes”: e.g., Nebuchadnezzar thought he was responsible for his own greatness, but God showed him that wasn’t true (Daniel 4).
Let us then determine not to trust in our own weak minds. Instead, let us determine to trust in God, to seek His will, His way and His guidance. Let us accept His Word as true and order our lives accordingly.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-7
“Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” ~ Psalm 119:133