“There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.” (Proverbs 30:12)
God knows us far better than we know ourselves. We are easily wrong about others, and we are even more easily wrong about ourselves. We are apt to think more highly of ourselves than we ought. We can think we’re well, when we’re sick; we see, when we’re blind; we’re rich, when we’re poor; we’re clothed, when we’re naked. The emperor often has no clothes, but he doesn’t know it. We are bad judges of others, and worse judges of ourselves.
The wisest man knows how little he knows. “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.” (1 Cor. 3:18) The best thing we can do is ask God to help us see through His eyes. We should want to see ourselves the way God does. He knows us and what we have need of even before we ask. He waits for us to be courageous enough to want the truth about ourselves. David cried out: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23,24)
God has so much He wants to do in our life. He would give us everything we need to be everything He wants us to be. But He can’t help us if don’t see our need for help. We can keep thinking we’re good and never become truly good. The vast majority of men are good in their own sight, but few are good in God’s sight. Those few are those who have first seen themselves through His eyes.