Judges 17:6 In those days Israel had no king, so the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.
The people did what was right in their own eyes. What a sobering thought. People had wandered so far from God that He simply left them alone to do what they wanted to do. Since their hearts were sinful, they lived sinful lives. They did not care about God, let alone strive to live by His rules. They did not value the things God does. They considered discussions about God as being irrelevant to their living.
A reading of the Old Testament reveals just how bad they were. Time after time we are told that they were on the verge of destruction. If it weren’t for God’s promise to Abraham, He would surely have destroyed them. Instead, He raised up prophets to warn them and turn their hearts back to Him. Sadly, this scenario had to be repeated over and over again, because the people did whatever what seemed right in their own eyes instead of what is right in God’s eyes.
Not much has changed. We today often do what is right in our eyes instead of what is right in God’s eyes. We don’t pay as much attention to God’s Word as we should. We often listen more to the voice of others and our own voices. We don’t take the time to examine what God says before we plow ahead. We become hearers of the Word, but not doers of it.
Let us be very careful about this. Let us resolve to make sure we know what is right in God’s eyes before we act. Let us take a serious look at ourselves to see if we might be doing what is right in our own eyes instead of what is right in God’s eyes. If we are doing anything contrary to what we know God approves of, it is sin and we need to repent of it today.