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Right in His eyes

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 8 months ago | 3310 views Link:

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Yesterday morning in a study with some men, we were looking at the story of Micah in Judges 17.  Micah had stolen some money from his mother but was returning it to her.  His mother received the silver and took it to a silversmith who made it into a carved image and a metal image.  Micah had a shrine in his house and he made an ephod and household gods and ordained one of his sons, who became his priest.  Micah was violating God’s commandments against idolatry.

As if the story weren’t bad enough, along came a Levite who became Micah’s priest and lived with him.  The Levite, who should have been serving the Lord, was now involved with this idolatry.

The writer of the book comments on this incident by saying, “In those days there was no king in Israel.  Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”

Years earlier, before they crossed over the Jordan, Moses had warned the people of Israel with the same phrase, “everyone is doing whatever is right in his own eyes.”  Just before Micah’s incident, Samson had demanded his father get him a Philistine woman and said, “she is right in my eyes.”

Again, the commentary was, “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”  Solomon even said, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”

As we discussed the passage, the men agreed that it is often easy for us to justify what we want to do, even our sin, and make it “right in our own eyes.”  The enticement of the world, the flesh, and devil is with us every day and it’s easy to excuse our wandering by overlooking God’s word on the issue or by saying, “it’s not so bad,” or “God will forgive me,” and we make it “right in our own eyes.”  We can get as comfortable with our sin as Micah was.  We can even become fools by rejecting advice from others.

More than once, God has said to do right in His eyes.  God told Israel that if they did what was right in His eyes, He would not put on them the diseases that He put on the Egyptians.

The men in the study discussed steps we might take to avoid being fools and following what is “right in our own eyes” and do what is “right in His eyes.”

First, of course, is staying in His word so we know what is “right in His eyes.”  He reveals to us His truth so that we know His ways.

Second, we need to pray for His direction and guidance regarding every matter.  He promises to lead us.

Third, we need to seek counsel from fellow believers because we can so easily be blinded by our own desires and Satan’s deceptions. Others can point out things we are not seeing clearly.

Fourth, we commit ourselves to turn from every false way revealed to us and follow after Christ.  He is the way.

Fifth, we confess our sin as soon as it is revealed.  If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

May we pursue what is right in His eyes and not what is right in our own.


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Mary Leadbetter

Good advice. Thanks Dale.

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Rob Slack

Thank you Dale! It was a really great time. I’ve loved how something as “narrative” as Judges keeps opening up actionable guidance in that early-morning study. Well worth the early rising! 

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