Pay attention to what is right in your own eyes

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Read the Bible with me? Then take your journal and pen and read Judges 19-21. As we come to the end of Judges, we read another such sad statement. This was about the downward spiral of Israelite faith and culture. The book ends in 21:25 with the statement: “At that time there was no king in Israel; each did what was good in his eyes.

It is anarchy. BUT if we just follow our hearts. . . well not that much! Jeremiah 17:9 warns us that “the heart is deceitful and hopelessly wicked.” If we use our intellect. . . Well, that could work IF we have a transformed mind. Romans 12:2 tells us that having a transformed mind is the only way to prove what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. Just do what’s best for you. This statement reeks of self-centeredness. I Corinthians 10:31 tells us that “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God!”

This life is not about us. It is about responding to the gift of God the Father of his only Son with humility and submission and living one’s life to bring him glory. We must walk in obedience to the word of God and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Doing what is right in our own eyes, following an unredeemed heart, and listening to our own reasoning may sound good at first, but it will ultimately lead us down the path of ruin. In Matthew 7:13-14, the Lord Jesus called it “a broad gate and a broad way that lead to destruction.”

God knitted you together in your mother’s womb with a purpose. If you want the best for yourself in this temporal life, follow Jesus with all your heart. Read your Bible every day. Mercilessly protect a moment each day to enter the presence of God, to worship him and hear his voice. Get involved in a Bible teaching church where you can be involved with other believers. Make yourself available to be used by Him. Obey Him quickly and completely because it’s not about you. It’s about fulfilling the purpose for which God created you.

Let this be your prayer today: Lord, I know your word is truth. Remind me often that my heart will lead me to act on my emotions and my mind will lead me to act on limited knowledge. But Your word is the truth and it can always be trusted. My desire is to align my life with Your truth every day. See John 17:17.

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