In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 17:6; 21:25)
Humanism has been alive and well for a long time. Nowhere are the effects of humanism more clearly displayed than in the book of Judges. The disease of disobedience and immorality permeate the pages of this book.
The Israelites compromised the directive of God and lived with the Canaanites, who were idol worshippers. Before long, Israel brought graven images into their own households. From that point, it was downhill all the way. There was no godly king to give orders for the destruction of those false idols.
When man does what is right in his own eyes, he will soon do what is evil in the sight of the Lord.
It is difficult to grasp the impact on the human race when Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The knowledge of "good" separates us from God just as effectively as the knowledge of evil.
The nation of Israel believed in God, just as the majority of those of us in the United States believe in God. The nation of Israel did not deliberately set out to disobey God and to become immoral, but disobedience and immorality slipped in.
Correlation between the nation of Israel and the United States is obvious. The similarity is fed from the same taproot: the knowledge of good. When man continually does what is right (or good) in his own eyes, limitation of what is right (or good) slowly broadens, until it becomes virtually non-existent.
Consider television. Family sitcoms 20 years ago taught ethics, virtue and morality. Family sitcoms 10 years ago, began to show Dad as a nincompoop, Mom as the source of all wisdom, and the kids as mischievous.
Family sitcoms today consist of filthy sexual innuendos, explicit immoral dialogue, and a complete disregard for the family structure. It is a prime example of man doing what is right (or good) in his own eyes.
God allows such a condition to exist because He allows us to choose. He doesn't take away our freedom of choice, but He also doesn't take away the consequence of our choice. Israel chose the humanistic approach and entered one of the worst periods of degradation in its history.
Like Israel, we made our choice to please the human being, regardless of cost, and the cost has become major. Because of international subsidies, pork barrel freebies and almost unlimited welfare, our nation is in terrible fiscal condition. Politicians compromise ethics to win the favor of their constituents. They do what is right (or good) in the eyes of man.
We are slowly sacrificing our freedom, our free enterprise, even our freedom of speech when it relates to the word of God. We can no longer pray in school, but we can chant incantations, and we can idolize Mother Earth and Father Sky and Brother Tree, all false idols.
What are we doing about this degradation? Some of us are not even aware of the magnitude of the problem. It has crept in so insidiously that we are barely conscious of it.
Others take an attitude similar to Pilate:
And when Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the multitude, saying, "I am innocent of this Man's blood; see to that yourselves."
Like Pilate, we say it has grown too big to be stopped, so whatever happens, happens. We forget that the battle has already been won. When Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they lost their authority to rule the earth. Authority slipped into the hands of Satan.
But Jesus recovered that authority for His believers! Satan would have us believe he is still in control, and he is, if we allow him to be. But Satan is a fraud! Our Lord destroyed his rulership. His control today lies in his ability to tempt and deceive us. He controls only what we let him control!
We must realize that we are not wrestling with flesh and blood! Oh, we see flesh and blood doing what is right (or good) in its own eyes, but flesh and blood is not calling the shots. Our battle is in the spiritual realm, with its principalities and powers.
And the seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name."
And He said to them, "I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.
"Behold I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you." (Luke 10:17-19)
When we pray we touch eternity! When we say, "Heavenly Father," we are immediately in the presence of the Creator of the universe! We have access to the eternal power of God!
When we come to the Father in the name of His Son, we get His attention. He heard the cries of Israel as they raised their voices to Him, and He delivered them from bondage. Is He the same God? Does He love us any less? Will He not do the same for us as He did for Israel?
Our problem is that we look at the present situation, then we look at ourselves, and we say, "Who am I?" We forget that God searches the earth, looking for someone who will stand in the gap, someone willing to intercede, someone to do spiritual battle in His behalf. (Ezekiel 22:30)
We should take the attitude of the father of the demon-possessed son, when Jesus told him, "All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father cried out, "I do believe; help my unbelief!" (Mark 9:23,24)
The hour has come to believe, and to generate works that prove our faith! (James 2:17-20) We should make the same cry as David when he faced Goliath, "The battle is the Lord's and He will give you into our hands!" (1 Samuel 17:45-47)
Jesus is King!
P.S. What are you doing of eternal value?
Question for today: Do I do what is right in my own eyes, or do I consult God?