DOING THE RIGHT THING
is amazing how one can go through life and never hear a popular saying
uttered or a word used in the course of a conversation. Then once
sayings or a word are spoken, it seems you hear it repeatedly from that
time on. One saying that comes to mind is, "It isn't hard to know what
the right thing to do is, the hard part is doing it." That may not be
the exact quote but it's close, and you may have heard it spoken in
other ways. But it is true.
We were all raised, or are being raised, to know the difference
between right and wrong. Our parents were hoping to teach us how to be
honest in all things and always seek to do the right thing. Often times
the right thing can be known and still not be done. For instance, how
many of us who are possessors of a driver's license don't know to pull
over or off the road when an emergency vehicle is approaching from the
rear. Yet while driving this past week no less than two state patrolman
were driving with lights flashing and even a siren blaring, only to
have a vehicle refuse to move over and let them pass. Lives may have
been in danger but it mattered not to this particular motorist.
I have no doubt this motorist knew the right thing to do. It just
wasn't done. We are much the same way in our walk with the Lord.
Israel was told by God, "And thou shalt do that which is right and good
in the sight of the Lord: that it may be well with thee, and that thou
mayest go in and possess the good land which the Lord sware unto thy
fathers" (Deut. 6:18). When the Lord speaks of doing that which is
right and good, the reference is to the commandments that Israel had
received from God. Israel's claim to any land promised by the Lord was
based on their obedience to His word.
With that in mind, how many of us are struggling daily with choices
we need to make? And why are those choices so difficult? For the most
part we know what the right thing is to do, we just seem to be having
trouble doing it. We all struggle with the weakness of the flesh in
certain areas of life, but the truth is we know what God desires for us
and we know what is the right thing to do based on His teachings.
Amos spoke of heathen nations who did not know what was right for
they were not taught the word of God (Amos 3:10). If parents are
upholding their God given responsibility then children should be
learning what God's word says concerning them. What are the right
things to do? Simply read Philippians 4:8 and you will be given a good
list based on divine instruction. While there may be areas where our
knowledge is lacking, we can still learn and grow as we come into
contact with that knowledge.
If we want to pursue after what is right, then our heart must be
right with God. We don't need to live our lives in order to please
men. We should desire to live in such a way so our life is pleasing to
God. That above all else is the right thing to do. Rodger