Everyone Did What Was Right in Their Own Eyes (By: Mike Sherman)

Judges 17:6- In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
What a terrible, tragic statement of the times during that period of Israel’s history! A tragic statement for any society in any period of history, including our own. Sadly, our nation seems to be moving toward this kind of mentality if we’re not there already in many ways. “I want to do what I want to do regardless of what God or anyone else thinks.” Or “It feels right and seems right to me so why not?” Sadly, this kind of thinking doesn’t even consider for a minute how God might view or “see” the situation. God makes it clear this is foolish!
Prov. 12:15- The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
The good news is that we don’t have to become fools. We can learn wisdom from God and become wiser and wiser as we go through life. Every lesson doesn’t necessarily need to be learned while attending the school of hard knocks.
Prov. 9:9-10 -Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. (10) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
We can find favor in the Lord’s “eyes” regardless of where we live in the world or what is going on in our culture. Noah lived during a terrible time in history among a Godless people and he found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
Gen. 6:7-9- So the LORD said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created–and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground–for I regret that I have made them.” (8) But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. (9) This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.
As Christians we can find favor in the eyes of the Lord when we remain faithful to Him and continually strive to do that which is right in the eyes of the Lord rather than that which “right in our own eyes.” We’ve named Christ as our Lord and make a daily decision to allow Him to rein and rule as King of our lives.
Col 3:15- Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

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