Summary: Whose eyes do you look through?
It is very difficult to be a policeman for many reasons but it is really rough at the scene of a crime or an accident when he has to interview witnesses. Sometimes the testimonies are so divergent and contradictory that you would wonder if some of the people were actually there when the event happened. There times when the person is lying. He got there after the fact, but he wants the officer to accept his opinion or assessment so he says he was there to see it. The poor officer needs the wisdom of Solomon to sort all that out.
Now, there are times when people at different angles can get the basics of an event to agree but different aspects of the event stood out most to them and they emphasize that item. Another person standing on the other side of the street or to the front or rear of the first person may deny that item was there. They appear to be at odds but they are both right.
Sometimes because of emotion or bias they might actually miss something or deny it. Say a person just saw an accident where someone was killed and one of the drivers was drunk. They had someone in their family killed by a drunk driver. They may enhance the event or refuse to reveal data that might show that alcohol may not have been the cause or even that the sober person may have been at fault. Their eyes will see more or less because of that emotional stress. Whereas they might be normally a truthful person they might lie excessively and convincingly. Their eyesight will be blurred by pain and emotion.
We are often deceived by shadow, sleight of hand, or something else and yet we depend upon our sight to make decisions and even demand to see some things before we believe. We even justify our decisions by saying we had insight to the issue or it seemed right as we see it. God has some things to say about whose eyes see best and which ones we should be concerned about.
Judg 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes. (KJV)
Judg 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes. (KJV)
The nation of Israel during the time of Judges is a mirror image of most of the world today but it is sad that it is thus in the so-called Christian nations of the U.S., Canada and England. Just as Israel should have known their God and understood His ways so also should those nations that have seen so much of the glory of God in their history. The U. S. especially since it was founded upon the Word of God.
Prov 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. (KJV)
We have degenerated to situational ethics determined by the person who is only accountable to his own whims or desires since he is merely a product of chance descended from amino soup and late of the ape family. If counsel is sought it is normally from peers that reject and spurn the aged and any insight they might have into an issue. Mr. Dewey did not invent the method to separate the generations by age groups. Rehoboam was the first to reject wise counsel and lost most of his kingdom because he hearkened to his peers.
Ps 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. (KJV)
David was right when he penned these words by inspiration and this truth shall abide forever so we should praise God that we have the opportunity to find Him and His wisdom. Until man starts to see that his eyes are entirely damaged by sin and need Gospel corrective lenses he will live in ignorance and foolishness. To fear God in more than just a respectful awe is when you kick-start your brain cells and activate an ability to achieve wisdom.
Prov 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. (KJV)
We are told that our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked above things so what makes us think that such hearts can see anything aright without God. (Jer 7:19) It is wonderful that the word pondereth conveys the idea of balance. Most of our lives we swing back and forth like pendulums often sticking at one end of the swing or the other for long periods and then wildly swinging the other way. Only God can balance us and stabilize us that we might walk a straight path. We stumble in the darkest night until He brings us light and a clear path so that we aren’t swerving to the left and right by every trial or wind of doctrine.