6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
In the years in between each Judge, the Israelites basically ran amok.
So that phrase ‘to your tents on Israel‘, literally would have meant that each person was Judge, Jury and Executioner for his or her own household. We get a glimpse of what that would have looked like in Judges 19-21…but in short, human morality was worth nothing.
And fast forward to 2018, and we are in a similar situation. Human beings continue to do whatever they think best. We try our best to be inclusive of all beliefs, lifestyles and choices, often sidelining those who do not agree or accept said choices. Each individual wants to exert his or her liberty, and too often at the expense of other people’s freedom.
Too often we create hierarchies of sin and morality, opting to do somethings and refusing to do others. You have heard that saying, ‘a little lie never hurt anyone‘, but it does.
We can create our own standards of what is right or wrong, good or bad, righteous or evil, etc, but at the end of it all, it is worth nothing.
In a world where people are encouraged to express themselves in any and every way possible, the only standard that matters is God’s.
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
-2 Timothy 2:19
God knows all those that are truly His, and it is incumbent on us as sons and daughters of God to flee from all forms of iniquity. It may not be easy, it may not be popular, but my prayer is that we will follow God’s standard, irrespective of the cost.
Lord, help us to do what is right in Your eyes, rather than our own.