Right

“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes.” Proverbs 21:2

Making decisions is undoubtedly one of the most stressful life experiences. Thousands of decisions are made each day ranging from the mundane of choosing shoes to wear to the life-altering. The more life-impacting, the more stressful the decision. I am thankful God gave us a brain and thought processes to evaluate each decision. Often times these procedures, however they look for each individual, lead to good choices resulting in positive life strides. Why then should we be concerned with decisions if we have such positive abilities and acumen on our side?

The statement Proverbs 21:2 makes centers on a simple little word, “right.” How does one define right? Is it the best for a person’s life? Does a right decision lead to more success, more wealth, more peace, more stability? Does a right decision lead to an easier, less complicated life? Is right the same for each person? I guess that is the point of Proverbs 21:2. Everyone does what is right in his own eyes. I don’t believe this verse is necessarily condemning what is right in a person’s mind but instead challenging the idea that we have it all together and figured out. The verse preceding this one illustrates that even a King is like a stream in God’s hand – God controls the flow and sends it wherever He desires.

I believe God cares about each decision we make. All of them have consequences, some greater and some lesser, but consequences none the less. But how often even in the greater decisions do I perform do-diligence and make the best decision void of the One who sees the forest and the trees. Followers of Christ have this unique indwelling of the very God of the universe. The Holy Spirit equips, convicts, encourages and guides. He is faithful to guide through every decision and circumstance but how often do we ask?

God will often give wisdom through the use of our brains and wise counsel but not always. The Bible is filled with stories of crossing raging rivers and gulfs on dry land…filled with stories where armies of 300 defeat tens of thousands…filled with stories of the success of the unlikely, the unwise, and the outnumbered. The Text even tells the story of the very Son of God being born in a smelly cave with animals and being laid in a feeding trough.

It just doesn’t seems right.

In reality, right is defined by God. He is right. His Word is right. His direction is right. While there are checks and balances in following His leading, learning to ask and then listen is critical. God, who sees the unforeseen outcomes and knows the unknowable nuances in every decision, waits to hear our hearts and then patiently guide. One of the earlier verses God used in my life to give direction is a simple verse found in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

God may not lead us the places we think we should go but we can be sure He leads us down the right path.

One thought on “Right

  1. Very good post. Thank you for the encouragement. It is always uplifting to be reminded that God does indeed have in His hands the universe and its machinations. All too often I need the reminder that I am not Him!

    That being said, the challenge for me is seeing His right way in decisions being made. I want a road map, a checklist, some sort of definitive “if-then” construct ensuring that I will always see the will of God. I forget that often the step of faith is just that: a step. I forget that He calls His Word a lamp unto our feet, not a flashlight projecting out in front of us. One of the many amazing things about the Providence of God is the accomplishment of His Will that all too often occurs in spite of me!

    Prayer and study, prayer and study… It seems so mundane sometimes. I want something audible! But, then, was life any easier for Moses, or Abraham? Were the prophets that much better off? Did the Apostles have it in the bag?

    Again, I forget to rest assured that He has me, and that He works all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose, and that He will complete in me what He has started, and that at end of the day, my life should really be about Him and not about me.

    Sorry for the rambling comment. Thanks again for the encouragement! I need to hear Jeremiah 33:3 repeated to me constantly. It’s a beautiful sermon in and of itself!

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