Only One Yardstick

By Grant Phillips


“If it feels good do it.” “Everybody else is doing it.” “You’re an old fogey.” “Get with the times.” “This is the 21st century.” “To each his own.” “That isn’t politically correct.”

How many times have we heard someone say these things? They aren’t new. Consider these verses from the Scriptures.

You are not to do as we do here today, everyone doing as they see fit,” (Deuteronomy 12:8 NIV)

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 17:6 ESV)

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25 ESV)

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.” (Proverbs 12:15 ESV)

A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart.” (Proverbs (NIV)

Having read the above verses, I dare say that people of other ages probably said pretty much the same as we hear today.

People today, in these final years just prior to Christ’s return, are doing as they see fit and what is right in their own eyes. According to Proverbs 12:15 above, they are fools. So many misguided fools of our day think their ways are right, but they are not.

God weighs the heart. What does He consider when doing so? I’ll give you the short version. He asks of your heart and mine, “What have you done with my Son?”

Our society is hell-bent on destruction, and I personally believe that we in the United States of America will be judged harder than any other nation because we have been so richly blessed by God. We have been blessed because we formerly acknowledged God, not as a whole necessarily, but as a country. Currently, every day that passes is another that kicks God out of our way and brings us closer to His judgment.

But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48 NIV)

We who knew better have allowed the Devil’s children to flex their muscles while we run off and hide.

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44)

Now we are paying the price. All the toilets are plugged and the sewers are running over with the filth of corrupted minds. Don’t think so? Turn on the TV. Watch a movie. Look around you. We live in a society that promotes sin of every flavor and color while spitting in the face of God.

I read just the other day that 48% of the children in this country are born to unwed mothers. Of course this doesn’t take in to account the 1,370,000 that are murdered by way of abortion each year in this country alone.

An explosion of child abuse (physical, sexual and emotional) is racking our nation. Perverts are crawling out of the woodwork like roaches when the lights are turned off.

Murders and theft are common place in even small towns, and drug abuse is overwhelming the police agencies of our country.

This is just the tip of the iceberg so to speak. Every sin against God that is imaginable is consuming the very soul of this once great country. Why? Because we have decided we don’t need God. We will be our own god and determine what is right or wrong.

The Bible is clear throughout that righteousness can only be found in God. Absolute true righteousness was on display for the world in Jesus Christ, Who is God by the way, and we crucified Him.

The local courts and all the way up to the Supreme Court do not decide for God what is right and wrong. Presidents, Senators, and Congressmen do not decide for God what is right and wrong. The NEA and school boards do not know what is best for our children, and often neither do most parents. That can be seen in the little hoodlums we are raising. Many children today have little to no supervision, and what supervision they do have is not much to brag about.

Jesus Christ and His Word, the Bible, is the only measuring stick that God will allow. He will settle for no less. He doesn’t care what you and I think in the matter. He isn’t interested in your and my opinion. He has always had the line drawn in the sand, and said “This is it. Don’t cross it.”

Well guess what? We crossed it, and no matter how “good” we may become, we will never measure up to the righteousness of God Almighty. So what do we do?

We should fall upon our face before God and plead His mercy, and by the victory of His own Son Jesus, He will cloth us with His righteousness.

For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” (Romans 10:3)

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)

We do not measure up to God’s yardstick and never will, but in Jesus, He will give us His righteousness.

Many who claim to be Christians today are going along with all the tripe that is coming from society and living by its standards. If you claim Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, how can you?

You and I don’t make the rules on what is right and wrong. God does. If you are living in a state contrary to God’s Word, take it to Him, and get it right. Unfortunately, I fear that far too many are compromising, and surely deep down within their soul, they know they are in sin.

No one in his right mind would use a faulty measuring device to build a house, but how many people do exactly that to build their life? Are you using the wrong yardstick to measure your life? Any yardstick that comes from mankind will not be true. Only God’s Word is true. How do I know what is true?

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

Grant Phillips

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