"All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit." ESV
Could there be a more pertinent word for our time? How could we not think of existentialism, telling us that existence precedes meaning, now you go create your own meaning. Or post-modernism, telling us that truth may not exist at all. Or, perhaps most appropriately, that one moral absolute which our present society is worshiping at fever pitch: moral relativism.
Back to the Proverb. To get as cliche' as possible, everyone thinks they are doing what is right. Even Hitler believed himself to be doing what was right. But in the final analysis, it's irrelevant. God alone decides, judges, and declares what is clean, pure, and right.
On closer look, we realize this Proverb is not talking about outward action, but motivation. It's as if the writer is saying: A man thinks his motives are pure, but God will be the judge of that.
Let's be careful when we assess our motives, our thoughts, our direction. Let's be careful to judge our motives against what God has said, rather than in light of our own thinking. Indeed, when it comes to judging my motives, I fear I may prove just a little too biased.
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