“The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.” Proverbs 18:17
“In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25
The two verses above seem more and more relevant today in our world and in our culture. We live in a time where it is difficult to know what is true. A story comes out claiming to state facts and it is discredited within a few hours. That makes trying and difficult times even more trying and difficult when people are not sure who to trust. The news media, experts, and politicians have all either deliberately given out false information at times or they twist the truth to fit their agenda.
On our very streets people quickly turn from the rule to law to embrace being a law unto themselves. More and more people accept simply doing what is right in their own eyes. People are trying to define their own identities and create their own reality. All the while they are suppressing the truth.
Even though we are seeing more outward manifestations of this type of behavior lately it should not be a shock to us. I have mentioned that what we are seeing today is the proverbial, “reaping what we have sown.” Man, in his sinfulness, does not look to the truth of God and His Word. For the believer, we embrace truth in God’s Word, and we have a solid foundation upon which to base our lives. That should give us peace and stability where others stand upon shifting ground.
Whether things get worse before they get better or not, we can continue to pray for the salvation of those around us who are looking for answers and who are in desperate need for hope. They just don’t know where to find it.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” Romans 1:18-20
“For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law inquires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Jesus Christ.” Romans 2:12-16