“Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes…” (Deut. 12:8).
We often speak about our lives being different from that of the world’s, but in reality we must truly reflect upon the possibility that we are not much different at all. Our attempts at living holy and righteous lives in the sight of God are just that: OUR attempts. For whatever reason, true submission to the leading of the Holy Spirit is difficult for many of us to do.
At this point, let us be honest. It is easier for us to begin a feat such as subscribing to the principles of God’s Kingdom initially. But there still remains that spiritual battle within that calls for a daily sacrifice (Rom. 7:14-25). We struggle. We win. We struggle. We suffer defeat. It is an ongoing battle that will never end until we learn to submit wholeheartedly to the Lordship of Jesus the Christ of God.
So where does this leave us? We find ourselves being able to relate to the children of Israel who, in our Scriptural point of reference, possessed the instructions from God on how to live in the midst of a land of wicked people. However, they struggled repeatedly with doing that which was right in the eyes of the Lord. In fact, the verse says,
“Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes…” (v.8).
This tells us that even with the manifestation of God’s power before their eyes, the people still were subscribing to outward performances and lacking in the area of inward transformation. Does this sound familiar within our contemporary times?
The Apostle Paul teaches us in Romans 12:1, 2:
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God…”
This means that we should no longer practice living by the worldly standards around us, but allow the power of the Holy Spirit to transform us internally to the point wherein Godly living is our daily practice. We cannot do this Christian life on our own nor in our own strength. We would fail every time.
We need Divine assistance in every area of our lives in order to live Godly lives and “…do that which is right in the sight of the Lord…” (Deut. 12:28).