“How can you believe since you look to one another for approval and are not concerned with the approval that comes from God?” (John 5:44)
God approves of right thinking and God approves when we do what is right. When we wrestle with the dichotomy of doing what is right and what is expedient, we should be motivated to offer the sacrifices of righteousness unto God, and trust God because we value God’s approval.
Abraham was told by God, “Walk before Me.” (Genesis 17:1) How many of us do that? Do we really walk before God, all day long, every day? Have we ever actually moved through a 24-hour day holding in focus how God feels about who we are, what we are and all the things we are doing – or are not doing?
There are times in this life when we simply cannot have the approval of God and the approval of man at the same time. There are times when we are not able to explain to people what is going on in our lives. When those times come, if our peace depends on the approval of people, we will discover the foundation of our peace is very fragile.
More than 150 times these three words are found in the Bible: “In His sight.” That concept should be very important to us in this life. One day when we all face the certainty of judgement, the way we have lived our lives in God’s sight will be the only thing that matters.
Dick Woodward, from A Prescription for Peace