“Morality is a mountain which we cannot climb by our own efforts; and if we could we should only perish in the ice and unbreathable air of the summit, lacking those wings with which the rest of the journey has to be accomplished.”-C.S. Lewis
In recent years, the world has taught us that right and wrong are relative to each and every one of us. There is no good or evil, just a moral gray area where people can do what is pleasing in their own sight and no one will bat an eye at their actions.
This has been a continual struggle even in biblical times, as seen in Judges 17:6,
“In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.”
Picture this. Inside of each of us is what is termed a “moral compass”. It allows us to navigate the decisions we make on a daily bases. But, here is the kicker. This compass is broken, spinning out of control. Why? It is missing a key piece: a magnet. Without it, we cannot tell which way is north, causing us to wander aimlessly through life, making decisions that we think “feel” right to us.
What is this magnet? Our Heavenly Father. He is the only one who can fill that void in our moral compass. Like Jiminy Cricket in Walt Disney’s Pinocchio, God, through the Holy Spirit, convicts us when we try to do the wrong thing, keeping us on a path of righteousness that we can not find without Him.
An example of this is found in Matthew 16:13-17,
“Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.'”
Sure, we may screw up many times in this life. That is why our Father, through the blood of His Son, gives us the chance to repent and return to the path He has in store for us. Today, if you find yourself in that moral gray area, turn to your Father for guidance and He will show you “true north”.