“Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.” (Hosea 14:9)
Our idea of good and right can be very different from God’s idea. He says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isa. 55:8,9)
When we are wise in our eyes, we can very well call evil good, and good evil. (Isa. 5:20,21) God has shown us what is good, and that is to “do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God” (Micah 6:8.) There is a way that seems right to us that leads to death. (Prov. 14:12) But God’s ways are always truly right and lead to life and blessing.
We do wickedly when we lean to our own understanding and embark on a course other than God would have us take. Repentance involves forsaking our own thoughts and ways and returning to God to know His thoughts and be led in His ways. “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” (Isa. 55:7)
Would you be just – then do justly. “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.” (1 John 3:7) Do what is right, not in your own eyes, but in God’s sight. Realize God is smarter than you are. Our idea of right is a far cry from God’s idea. We can be so right that we’re wrong. Righteousness is right according to God. Self-righteousness is “rightness” according to us. Be willing to distrust your own thinking that is so often shaped by our own desires and emotions. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and don’t lean to your own understanding. Let Him direct your paths into His ways which are always right.