Tuesday: 25th September, 2018
Reference text: Proverbs 21:1-6,10-13
Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
Many are familiar with the story of Robin Hood: a character who was best known for stealing from the rich to help the poor. Based on this premise alone, would one describe him as doing the right thing or the wrong thing? The concepts of right and wrong, to a large extent, remain somewhat subjective. Thus, depending on the nature of a situation, anyone can offer their own unique interpretation of what is right or not.
Therefore, as the text from Proverbs suggests: looking solely through one’s own eyes, EVERYTHING stands a chance of being right; and this is a fact, not an exaggeration. If we were left to ourselves to do as we please, the only things we wouldn’t do are those we have no real interest in doing. Otherwise, we would have a field-day: enjoying life and doing the things we see as good in our eyes- which in this case, would be EVERYTHING.
Thus, Saint Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians writes: ‘Some of you say, “We can do anything we want to.” But I tell you not everything is good for us. So I refuse to let anything have power over me. (1 Cor 6:12). In other words, although it seems we have permission to do as we please, not everything is profitable. Beloved, without some kind of moderation or control system in place, there will be utter chaos in the order of things. Eventually, we may all turn out as nothing but fiery-eyed, greedy and ambitious people who become slaves to our every desires.
Remember # don’t look only through your own eyes.