One of my old roommates was taking a photography class back in the day. As part of his projects he had to take several pictures with different lightings, and being his roommate, I observed his work. I noticed that every time he was about to take a picture he would hold up a white piece of paper and do some tinkering on the camera. He called this adjusting the white balance.
You see, no matter what lighting the picture was taken in, the camera had to be adjusted- and it had to be adjusted only by a certain card. As I thought about this, I realized that it was a lot like our focus in the Christian life.
Proverbs 28:5 tells us, “Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.”
Evil men don’t understand righteousness and proper judgment because their lives aren’t based on any standard. They live how they want. They’re like a camera that hasn’t been balanced. They are unaware of what is proper because they live without any guidelines.
Those who seek the Lord, however, they understand. It’s interesting, they understand not only judgment, but they understand all things. No matter what situation, circumstance, or ‘lighting’ these people are in, they can make sense of it. They can judge what is true. Their view isn’t off color or wrongly shaded because they have a standard, and their standard is the Lord. With their eyes on Christ they perceive what is truly important and what is not. What is righteous and what is evil. What is proper and what is not.
If we try to focus our lives on what we see around us, and the “light” around us we will never have a clear picture of our situations. But if we keep the standard of Christ before our eyes, and seek Him, we can have understanding in any situation.
I challenge you, let us not be as the wicked who are tossed to and fro. Let us seek the Lord, and while we seek Him, and adopt Him as our standard of living, we can live our lives on the rock. While others may find themselves in confusion, we will have a sure foundation from which to stand, and to pull others out of the storm.
Let’s live on the Rock!
“He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” Deuteronomy 32:4