“…In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes…” (Judg. 17:6).
When we become the children of God and are translated from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light, the Holy Spirit places His seal of approval upon us. We soon began to do works that are pleasing to God. This does not cancel out the fact that we still have to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. However, at that point, a transformation began through the process of sanctification.
But the problem is we look at bad things and we say that all things work out for our good (Rom. 8:28). But that is not how it actually works out. That is not actually the meaning of the Scripture in Its proper context. What is meant by this verse is that although we may be called by God and His seal of approval may be upon us, we still have free will. We still have the capacity to disobey God and choose to go our own way. Today’s Scriptural text describes it as “…doing what is right in our own eyes…” as opposed to being obedient to what God has asked of us (Judg. 17:6).
What this means is that God is able of taking our actions and redeeming those actions by turning them into something positive. Something that works towards accomplishing His purpose. Does it mean that the situation is always going to turn out in our favor? It does not. It just means that God is able to take our bad actions and use them as instruments towards accomplishing His purpose and plan throughout the earth.
Even in the midst of our unfaithfulness, God remains faithful. He remains faithful in that He takes what we have done and He redeems it for good. However, He still remains faithful in another way as well. He remains faithful by sending forth His warnings, whether it’s through events, the word of another person, or dreams. Whatever conduit He uses, God remains faithful to fulfill His purpose.
He sends these warning signs to keep us from going down the wrong path. But in these moments, we show how spiritually insensitive and unaware we are of God’s promptings. We miss out on the fact that He desires to keep us from experiencing the negative consequences that may arise as a result of our desire to do what is right in our own eyes. Regardless of the consequences that it may have not only for our lives but for the lives of others. Thankfully, God remains faithful to Who He is and His eternal plan.
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”