Isaiah 5:21 (KJV)
21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
In this chapter of Isaiah the prophet speaks to the people of Israel about their sins and the consequences to follow. One of their transgressions is founded in self-conceit and pride. The people believe they have a clear insight into their own ways of life. They believe they can disprove the reproofs of God against them. They believe themselves superior to others because they fail to see their own sinful ways. They think they are wise, but actually they are foolish in their thoughts.
Which would you prefer to eat, �Patagonian toothfish� or �Chilean sea bass�? Most people probably find Chilean sea bass sounds more appetizing; but actually they are the same fish. The Patagonian toothfish was cheaply sold in Chile because the Chileans considered it too oily. However, it was marketed in the United States as Chilean sea bass. It became so popular it has been overfished and to the point where it has been put on the Seafood Red List. It seems in this case one man�s trash became another man�s treasure.
What may be right in the mind of one person is sometimes wrong in the mind of another. Unfortunately it is the way most of us look at life. We see the actions of another and say that is wrong, but we often do not see what is wrong with ourselves. We are ready to judge and condemn, but we have failed to look at our own actions because we believe we are right and just. We pick and choose morals to uphold, while we allow other morals in our life to go unchecked. We think �I am better than they are�, but we have obvious faults which prove us wrong. God is the only one who sees the world clearly and understands the minds of man. King Solomon said, �People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart.� Listen to the Lord and ask for wisdom that you might understand your own failures and flaws. Give mercy and grace to others knowing that you also need mercy and grace for the sins you do not see.