Proverbs 14:12 NKJV - "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death."
Many years ago when I first heard this verse preached I immediately understood the primary thought taught in this passage. I knew that every person was born with a sinful nature and had a "proneness" to wander away from God. Actually, the condition of everyone is that they are already away from God and need Someone to reconcile them back to the Father.
People are born with a self-centered approach to life. If they can make themselves feel good and do what they think is best then they feel they're on the "right road" to please God. Of course, we know self-centered living leads to self-righteousness. And God makes it abundantly clear in Scripture that our form of righteousness will never be sufficient to please Him. The Bible teaches we need God's righteousness if we are ever to please Him. And that will never happen "going the way that seems right to a man!"
This is why Jesus said in John 14:6, "I Am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me." He is THE WAY to eternal life and a righteous standing before His Father in Heaven. He is also the way to live the kind of life here and now that He is pleased with. That is why the Psalmist said, "Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths." Psalm 25:4 NKJV. This is seen also in the famous passage of Proverbs 3:5,6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." NKJV. "In all your ways..." emphasizes that you do have a choice to choose which "way" you'll follow: Your own way which leads to death, or God's way which leads to an abundant life here and eternity in Heaven!