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"Doing Right in the Eyes of the Lord"
"In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes" (Judges 21:25).
Where is our culture heading? As an American I ask where is my country heading and readers can do so regardless of where they live. When will the Judge of the universe act in a dramatic way as He has done so all throughout history? These are questions I have today particularly as I consider the moral apostasy evident in so many ways all around us.
The Book of Judges ends with the summary statement that describes the moral climate of Israel as expressed in the daily text. The early part of the verse describes the period as a time when "there was no king in Israel." At this time, following the death of Moses and his successor Joshua, the kingdom had not been established and there were no kings but rather a succession of Judges.
As later history proved, this in itself was not necessarily significant. When the nation had kings there were periods when the people earnestly followed and obeyed God. But there were also periods of spiritual decline and apostasy.
However if we understand "king" in the sense of "moral authority" this portion has enduring meaning. Certainly in our time God's moral authority is neglected and rejected and evil is abounding.
The latter part of the verse really sums up the period: "every man did that which was right in his own eyes." The NIV phrases it, "everyone did as he saw fit." The period of the Judges was one of the most barbaric times in history. Some are troubled at the events recorded and even wonder why they are mentioned in the Bible, but they merely document the sordid history of the period and the consequences of living without regard to God.
Is it that much different than our day? Stories of lawlessness and barbarism are far too common in our own time. Listen to the news any given day and the increase in evil is evidenced all around us. Surely the phrase, "every man did that which was right in his own eyes" describes our times as well and in the direction we are heading will increasingly do so.
Fellow believer, let us who follow the Lord heed the words of Scripture through Moses: "Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD your God" (Deuteronomy 12:28). Today, let's strive to do what's good and right in the eyes of the Lord!
Let us live under the realization that "the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him" (2 Chronicles 16:9). Let us commit our hearts fully to Him this day and receive His strength and blessing as we live in these very challenging times.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily Prayer: Father, we read throughout the period of the Judges that the people of Israel endured great heartache and spiritual defeat because each one became his own authority and acted on his own opinions of what was right and wrong. They did not make You the final authority; they disregarded Your holy laws and chose to do that which was right in their own eyes. We see this prevailing attitude in our own day. But as believers we acknowledge that our judgment is flawed and our motives are selfish when we do not submit our will to a holy God who knows what is best for His children. Today we want to obey Your laws and surrender our will as we seek to do what is good and right in Your eyes. This will result in our hearts being strengthened and our lives being blessed by You. Amen.
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The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell us Corruption Disguised as Freedom
By David Kupelian / Cumberland House Publishing
Millions of Americans today accept ideas and behaviors that would have horrified all previous generations. For example: Why is anti-Americanism becoming commonplace - among Americans? Why are parents increasingly afraid to let their children watch TV? Why is it increasingly hard to know if experts are telling us the truth? As veteran journalist David Kupelian documents in this stunning expose, the answers to these questions lie in the pervasive influence of what he calls "marketers of evil." By skillfully playing on our deeply felt national values of fairness, generosity, and tolerance, these marketers have persuaded us to embrace as enlightened and noble that which all previous generations since America's founding regarded as grossly self-destructive.
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