“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.”
“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.” ESV
Sadie: Come on, Alison! It’s nothing that will hurt you.
Alison: Sadie, I was told not to smoke it.
Sadie: Who told you not to smoke it?
Alison: My parents did, and if they find out I was here I’m dead!
Sadie: Seriously? You are going to listen to them? Alison, it’s just a plant! What harm could it really do? Besides, you can’t trust your parents all the time.
Alison: They told me that it is dangerous.
Sadie: I have been doing it for a long time and I’m still here! Look at me! I am living proof that its okay!
Sadie: Just try it one time. Trust me. I promise you that it is worth it.
Alison: …Alright… I guess it won’t hurt to do it just this once.
What do you think about this situation? Do you think it is fairly obvious that what Sadie is trying to get Alison to do is wrong? Well, she thinks it’s okay, and as far as Alison knows, Sadie was telling the truth and there was really nothing wrong with burning and inhaling the smoke from the “plant”.
Truthfully, we all think our wrong actions are right from time to time. The Lord, however, knows what is good; He knows what is right. This story didn’t have to be about drugs. It could have been about drinking, lies, sex, or anything else that has consequences. Any one of those topics have heartache as one of the side-effects, but the way of the Lord leads to heart-help.
And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God. – Luke 16:15 (NASB95)