Right In His Own Eyes

 

Proverbs 21:2 says that – “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes…” And this is not only true of wise men. Even “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes…” (Proverbs 12:5) It is a human tendency to feel as if the way we view things is the right way. We tend to judge the rightness or wrongness of any given situation by the way we see it. People can be on a hundred different sides of an issue and yet each feel that he or she is right. Today it is much as it was in the days of the Judges when “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25)

Most people feel so right in their assessment of things that they think that even God Himself is on their side. “Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son. These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes” (Psalm 50:19-21). Even in their wrongdoing they were still right in their own eyes and they still thought that God was in agreement with them.  We humans can feel so strongly about being right – even when we are totally wrong – that we can literally fashion God in our own image and persuade ourselves that He feels the same way about things as we do. “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man…Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.” (Romans 1:22-25)

The truth of the difference between God’s thoughts and our thoughts is revealed to us in Isaiah 55:8-11 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth…” Here the Lord makes it clear that He does not think like we think and that He is not necessarily like we consider Him to be. He is rather what His Word declares Him to be.

Now consider this. Not only can we know what He is really like by looking into His Word; we can also find out what we are really like. John 1:18 tells us that “No man hath seen God at any time…” It is equally true that no man has ever even seen his own face at any time. The only way that any of us can see ourselves is with the help of a mirror. Just as we can only get a true concept of God by looking into His Word – so can we only get a true concept of ourselves by looking into the mirror of God’s Word. “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” (James 1:23-25) We need to stop trying to make God in our image and allow Him to make us in His! “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (II Corinthians 3:18) To truly be a Christian means to be conformed to His image as revealed in His Word. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son…” (Romans 8:28-29)

It is easy to be so wrong and yet to feel so right. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12) We must never trust our own carnal reasoning. To be like Jesus we must be willing to look into the mirror of God’s Word and apply its beautiful truths to our lives. “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:7-11)

What is really important, after all, is that we be right in His eyes!

Rev. Robert Stroup is the District Superintendent of the Indiana District, United Pentecostal Church International. He is Pastor of Pentecostals of South Lake in Merrillville, Indiana.

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