“If you diligently listen to the voice of ADONAI your God, do what is right in His eyes, pay attention to His mitzvot, and keep all His decrees, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians. For I am ADONAI who heals you.” Exodus 15:26
In many ways, our modern culture is like the ancient society of Israel. Everyone is doing what is right in his or her own eyes. In pluralistic cultures, where tolerance is the highest values, people hold dear their rights to do whatever they want. Indeed, United States citizens have their rights (up to appoint). But it’s the consequences that arise over time that people don’t like.
When God brought us out of Egypt, He directed us to listen to Him and walk in obedience. This was a Covenant agreement that we entered into, God promising to bless us for our willingness, in essence, to set aside what we thought was right and do what God said is right. “Why do you call Me ‘Master, Master’ and do not do what I say? Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and does them, I will show you what he is like. He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock. And when a flood came, the torrent burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. “But the one who hears yet does not do is like a man who built a house upon land without a foundation. When the torrent burst against it, immediately it collapsed—and the destruction of that house was great!” Luke 6:46 – 49
However, our commitment didn’t last long. “In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 17:6
By the time Solomon became king he identified as fools those who do what is right in their own eyes. “A fool’s way is right in his own eyes, but the wise listen to advice.” Probers 12:15 and “All a man’s ways seem right in his own eyes, but ADONAI weighs the heart.” Proverbs 41:2.
Wise are the people who are willing to believe that what God says is right, is right for them.