What is Right?

Scripture: Proverbs 2:9, ‘Then you will understand what is right and just and fair – every good path.’


Observations: Again chapter 2 links wisdom with the fear of the Lord and knowing God (v1-5). But the point of verse 9 is that it is only when we know God that we ‘will understand what is right and just and fair.’ In our world ‘right,’ ‘just’ and ‘fair’ are subjective terms i.e. what is right and just and fair for us, or for the greatest number of people. Unfortunately, when these things are subjective they also become meaningless. If what is right for me isn’t right for you, then it isn’t universally right, and in fact will sometimes be wrong. However, when these are things are related to God, then they become objective truths, and then what is right and just and fair is what is right and just and fair in God’s eyes, and those things then are always right and just and fair. Only when we understand these things from God’s perspective are we able to walk ‘every good path.’ It’s only by doing life God’s way that we can do life well.


Application: How well do you understand what is right and just and fair? Are those things what God would term right and just and fair, or are they just your personal views? The only way to discover what is right, just and fair is to grow in your knowledge of who God is by reading his word. It’s only by knowing what Jesus would do, that we can know what to do. Today ask, is this right in God’s eyes?


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You are holy and righteous and because that is who You are then whatever you say is right is always right. So Lord, I pray that I will grow in my understanding of You and Your righteousness, that I will not do what is right for me, but what is right in Your eyes. Lord, forgive me when I do wrong, when I am unrighteous, when I am unjust, when I don’t do what is fair. Lord, help me stay off the crooked path that leads to death and instead stay on the straight path that leads to life. Lord, may I not only put my faith in Jesus Christ, but may I live as he lived. In His name I pray. Amen.

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