In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. - Judges 21:25 NKJV
Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. In a strange sort of way, this post was inspired by my watching the season premier of American Idol last night. Every year when I watch footage of the auditions, I am in disbelief at how disillusioned some of the contestants are to think they should be participating in a singing contest of that magnitude when in fact they can't even sing. I told my husband that I feel sorry for those contestants but am angry at their friends or family members who didn't tell them the truth. Ahh...but "speaking the truth in love" is a whole other topic. The whole point is that those bad singers thought they were good when in fact they couldn't sing...and they let the whole world know.
Getting back to the passage above, are we merely talking about the nation of Israel in its early state of existence or could this apply to the post-modern culture in which we live today? I'm wondering if in fact the verse isn't more applicable now than ever before. I am no church history or sociology scholar, but I have done my share of research and I do in fact live in today's culture of relative moralism.
So how do we know what is right, anyway? Any faithful reader of this blog is going to know where I'm headed with this one. A close encounter with God's Word will definitely show us the way to live. If God is truth, and therefore the epitomy of what is right because He is by nature all that is holy and pure, then it makes sense that the Bible would be our guidebook. It can reveal to us personally what we need to change about the attitudes and actions in our lives to conform to God's standard of living.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
We may think that we are right in the things that we do, but are we? How can we know what right and wrong really is if we only rely upon ourselves? Our motives and emotions can sometimes get in the way of rational thought if we aren't careful. I know that happens to me. I want to do what is right as best as I can. Therefore, I keep trekking through the bible daily and ask God to show me where to change. I know that everything is not always right through my "eyes".
1. How do you view a passage of scripture that contradicts the way you live your life? Do you try to change your life or do you attempt to modify the interpretation of the passage to fit your life?
2. How often do you consult the real "Truth" for guidance in your life? How do you think it would make a difference in the way you live?
Janna Rust is a Life Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.