Proverbs 21:2 (NKJV) 2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes… so very true, is it not? The way each of us sees life can be very different. Our beliefs are usually formed by the situations that unfold around us on a daily basis. Not many of us see a situation and react to it in a way we know to be wrong. The way we react to any situation is based on what we feel is right in our own eyes. The problem, of course, is our eyes can be very wrong when we do not see the complete picture. My Thoughts Are Not Your Thoughts Isaiah 55:8 (8) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD… The LORD thinks on a whole different level than we do, so it is natural that we are not going to get it right sometimes. The idea is not that we are not aiming to be perfect in our thinking but to understand our flawed thoughts and perceptions. The things we may see as right must be continually checked against the One we know to be right… always. Once again this relates strongly to our need to be continually in the Word. Shooting At The Wrong Hoop When we are dead-set on the belief that we are right, it can lead us to do some embarrassing moments. There are countless videos on YouTube and such that depict men doing bizarre things. One of my favorite videos a while back was when a basketball player takes the tip-off and goes uncontested for an easy layup as the crowd is screaming and screaming. Can you imagine the thoughts going through his mind? He was probably thinking this was the easiest two points he had ever scored. The problem, of course, was that he was shooting at the wrong basket, instead of scoring two points for his team, he gave the other team an easy basket. In his own eyes, he was helping his team, in reality, he was helping the other. Basketball is trivial, this is a funny example of a man being completely wrong. What happens though when we apply the same situation to something as serious as salvation? Why We Need God’s Guidance A man may think all good people go to heaven. That thought may even make some logical sense. The problem is... who is the person that determines if you are good enough or not? As believers, we understand that salvation is a gift from God and only He can provide that to us. In reality, it has very little to do with how good or bad a person is and everything to do with the faith required to show true belief. This is an example where we cannot lean on our own understanding. Proverbs 3:5–6 offers us the following… (5) Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; (6) In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths… We cannot lean on our own understanding because it is not complete. When we lean on the Lord’s understanding and in everything we do acknowledge Him, He promises to direct our path. The Lord Knows Your Heart The Lord knows we are going to mess things up, we are going to fail, we are going to depend on our own understanding even though it is foolish. The Lord is more concerned with our hearts than our physical actions. The more and more we get to know the Lord’s heart towards us, the more our will and His will, will align. Closing Thoughts: Our understanding and our thoughts and plans are often corrupted by our world view and experiences. We do not always see what is right as right and what is wrong as wrong. We can seriously misjudge a situation. Instead of shooting at the wrong basket in life, turn to the Lord for His guidance. Seek Him in everything you do, not leaning on your own understanding but His! Proverbs 14:2 (NKJV) 2 He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.