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What Is Right
Sunday, May 24th, 2015
Hezekiah prayed, “Remember, LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.”
- 2 Kings 20:3 (NIV)
In the Old Testament, people’s lives are repeatedly classified in one of two ways, as a sort of scriptural eulogy: either “he did evil in the eyes of the Lord” or “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.”
I rarely consider my life in such simple terms. Media messages entice me to dwell on how nice I look as I age, the type of decor in my home, and what I do for a living. It is easy to forget that — in light of eternity — obedience to God is much more important than such trivialities.
It can be tempting to ignore God’s standard of selfless love, but all those life summaries in the Old Testament remind me that my choices need to be anchored to something bigger than I and bigger than my shifting emotions. My choices should revolve around God and what pleases God. When God reflects on the sum of my life — who I was and what I did — I want to hear, “She did what is good in the eyes of the Lord.”
Holly Dickson-Ramos (Ontario, Canada)
Thought for the Day
Today I can choose to do what is right in the eyes of the Lord.
Help us, O God, to love you with all our hearts and with all our souls and with all our strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Amen.
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