Doing Right in God’s Eyes

In the Old Testament books of the Kings, we read of a chronology of the kings of Israel and Judah.  What stands out in the history is an account of each king and whether or not they “did right in God’s eye.”  Unfortunately, many leaders did “evil in the eyes of the Lord.”  In summary, they were evaluated by the following: 

  • They did not devote themselves to God. 
  • They worshipped other gods and idols. 
  • They did detestable things.  (EVIL)
  • They did not walk in the WAYS of other godly leaders.
  • They failed to keep (or obey) the Lord’s commands.

How do we know if how we are living is right in God’s eyes?” What is “RIGHT IN GOD’S EYES?”

The word that we see is DEVOTION (love, loyalty, enthusiasm).  Another word that comes to mind is OBEDIENCE.  As we look at each king, we read about whether or not they FOLLOWED the “commands of the Lord” or “the word of the Lord.”

Are we devoted to God or other things?  Have we set up other things to take precedent and priority in our lives?  Things?  People?  We live in a culture that it is very easy to take our devotion to God casually… only when it is convenient or comfortable, or accommodating to me.  Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God…”  To live right in God’s eye means to be devoted.

In obedience, do you know what He desires or requires? Not for the sake of earning a relationship with God but for us to REMAIN IN RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God?  We won’t know until we read His word and take time to reflect upon what it says to us.  It is great to come to church to hear preaching or go to a bible study and hear others break it down for you, but eventually you need to grow and mature on your own.  To live right in God’s eye means to be obedient.

Unfortunately, we live in a culture in which we take God’s word too lightly… not seriously, or completely.  We pick sections that we like to follow.  Partial obedience is still disobedience.

TO LIVE RIGHT IN GOD’S EYES DOES NOT MEAN PERFECT.

  • What it does mean it that if we do something wrong, we need to deal with it in a way that is right in God’s eye.
  • The sacrificial system was a way of dealing with the imperfection in order to make one right in standing with God.
  • Surely, David, a man after God’s own heart, was not a perfect person.  His moral failure in his affair with Bathsheba resulted in one of the best examples of dealing with sin and imperfection.  See Psalm 51
  • Throughout the Bible, we see examples of how God’s people deal with sin.  (Psalm 38:17,18; 2 Corinthians 7:9; 1 Kings 8:37-40) 
    1. Awareness
    2. Sorrow
    3. Confession
    4. Asking of Forgiveness
    5. Repentance – turn away
    6. Restitution – committing to walk away and to do what is right
    7. Faith
  • Psalm 51 is an excellent display of a contrite and brokenness before God.

We are not perfect.  We will never be perfect.  Often times our own imperfection eats at us because we thing God is angry and hates us and that he no longer wants to have relationship with us.  This is far from the truth.

GOD’S POSITION TOWARDS US HAS NOT CHANGED.

  • In fact, HE never changes.
  • He is always GOOD but in His goodness, however, He does not condone sin. 
  • Although God is a Holy God, who hates sin and evil, God nevertheless makes a way for humanity to have a restored right relationship with Him.
  • Because God loves us, He has always made a way to for US sinful man to deal with our sins.
  • In the Old Testament, we have the sacrificial system.  It’s what we read in Leviticus.
  • But in the New Testament, we have the work of Jesus Christ the ultimate sacrifice that dealt with sin once and for all.
  • Through Jesus, we have the forgiveness of sin and the full restoration of our relationship with God.

THE PROCESS IN DEALING WITH SIN CONTINUE TO APPLY TO US TODAY.

  • 1 John 1:8,9
  • Earlier we established that doing right in God’s eyes does not mean perfection.  Certainly if we look at our lives today, we are far from being perfect.  Right?
    • We break God’s commands.
    • We hurt one another whether intentional or unintentional… whether on the court, with our spouse, our family, our friends, our co-workers, even fellow Christians.  Sometimes, it is easy to say, “I’m sorry, please forgive me” other times it is more difficult. 
    • We have sinful thoughts.
    • We are selfish, prideful, independent, envious, self-centered.
  • However, WE CAN BE IN RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD BY DOING WHAT IS RIGHT IN GOD’S EYES DEALING WITH SIN APPROPRIATELY.

1.     Awareness – Conviction of the Holy Spirit; don’t let your heart hardened, callous, our conscience seared.

2.     Sorrow – Understanding the gravity of our motives, thoughts, and actions.

3.     Confession – To God and to others

4.     Asking of Forgiveness – With God, self, others.

5.     Repentance – Turning away from sin, conscious effort to not do it again.

6.     Restitution – Part of the restoration process in making right; might involve paying back, giving back.  Commitment to do what is right.

7.     Faith – Believing you are forgiven and not continuing to live in guilt and condemnation.  Walking in forgiveness or being forgiven.  Some have a hard time forgiving oneself.

BECAUSE OF JESUS, WE CAN BE AND REMAIN IN RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GODThis is the GOOD NEWS!

THE POWER OF JESUS’ WORK DEATH AND RESURRECTION IS THAT WE CAN BE FORGIVEN

TOO OFTEN WE HAVE THIS SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT AND ASSUMPTION WITHOUT THE PROCESS.  The way has been made but we have to walk through it.

WE SHOULD HAVE THE ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE FOR THE FORGIVENESS WE RECEIVE AND THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WE HAVE, NOT THE ATTITUDE OF PRESUMPTION OR ENTITLEMENT.

“The opposite of gratefulness is presumption. We think we deserve things. We expect blessings and feel we’re worthy of what we receive. How absurd! We should be grateful for the air we breathe, including the blessing to be able even to breathe. We should not presume anything. Everything God gives us is undeserved and we need to be grateful for it. God wouldn’t send anything if He didn’t intend for us to grow by it.” Ron Williams

EACH STEP MUST BE FULFILLED WITHOUT ASSUMPTION OR PRESUMPTION ON OUR PART

  • We need to be aware and sorrowful in how my sin has affected God and others.
  • We need to confess specifically to God and others.
  • We need to ask for forgiveness… requires humility. (Our pride keeps us from asking especially of others.)
  • We need to repentant.  Too often we confess and ask forgiveness without having a repentant heart.
  • We need to be willing to make it right… restitution.  The process is not complete unless there is the commitment or willingness to make it right.
  • We need to proceed in faith, trusting the work of God is sufficient and complete in dealing with our sin.  We have victory.  We have restoration.  We can even experience redemption even in our sin.  God can turn to wrong around.

WE CAN BE RESTORED INTO A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.  WE CAN LIVE IN A WAY THAT IS RIGHT BEFORE GOD’S EYES… NOT PERFECT BUT RIGHT.

TODAY, WE CAN LIVE RIGHT BY DOING WHAT JESUS WOULD DO.  Not just a SLOGAN but a STANDARD.

Pastor Daniel