Deciding: What’s Right and What’s Not

Listen to what the following scripture says about doing what’s right.

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.  Psalm 25:9

For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.  II Corinthians 8:21

And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right (good).   II Thessalonians 3:13

God expects His people to be doing what is right.  Why do I often struggle in this area?  In life, I am faced with thousands of decisions to do what’s right or to do something else (not right).  There are many reasons to do what’s not right but each decision usually reflects a flaw in my character.  Here are some reasons I have utilize to avoid doing what’s right:

1.  “I would rather do what’s comfortable.”  This thought seems to run rampant in our culture (and many other cultures).  To do what’s right often leads me out of our comfort zone.  I have a tendency to “worship” my comfort zone.  What’s comfortable does not stretch me, grow my faith, or deepen my trust in God.  Once I get comfortable in life, it is extremely hard to live sacrificially in any area, but I choose not to serve the god of comfort.

2.  “I would rather do what’s easy.”  Someone has stated, “Nothing worthwhile comes easy.”  I typically don’t like what is hard, difficult, or demanding.  I want life to be easy, predictable, and easily sustainable.  The god of laziness directs me toward the easy decision when I understand that it’s not the right decision, but I choose not to serve this god of laziness.

3.  “I would rather do what’s popular.”  It is difficult to live opposite of what’s popular.  I prefer to “blend in” opposed to “stand out.”  At times, I become more concerned about pleasing people than pleasing God.  Speaking up for God can be socially or even physically dangerous.  Seeing a need and ignoring it is convicting.  Satan loves to whisper in my ear, “Someone else will do it.  Don’t worry about it.”  I am not suggesting that we “hunt” for opportunities to oppose the popular, but we certainly don’t want to “hide” from them.  I choose not to serve the god of popularity.

4.  “I would rather not be confrontational.“   Most of us, including me, do not love conflict.  It is easier to ignore wrongs than confront the wrongdoer.  It is frightening to lovingly address someone who I perceive to be in the wrong.  It is usually hardest to confront those closest to me.  It can be terrifying to step into a situation that might produce a war, but I choose not to serve the god of fear.

Obedience to God is doing what’s right.  If God is moving my heart to pursue a course of action, then doing nothing or being disobedient are not options.  If my fear of people exceeds my fear of God, then I am in trouble.  Also, if I am willing to accept Satan’s lies, then I will never make a difference.

God did not put me on earth to please people or to be my own god.  It’s about Him and bringing glory to Him.  So the question that I need to be reminded of each day while on earth is, “Does this honor God?”  That is the best foundation for deciding what’s right.


  1. Mark Vernik says:

    Dean, I thrilled that you are posting regularly. Wanted you to know that you are appreciated and that I enjoy reading your articles. Thank you.

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