Proverbs 30:12 (Dissected and Defined):
There is a generation (a race) that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness (corruption; defilement by sin).
Daily Devo Paraphrase:I recently learned to play the game “Uno Attack.” However, I did not read the rules beforehand. As I played, I became frustrated! It seemed that every move someone else made, I ended up with more cards. I kept having to learn more rules that I didn’t know about before.
Finally, I grabbed the rule book to figure out this game. As I read the rules, I discovered a valuable move that I could be making. I was sure no one was aware of it! I victoriously played my card to the gasps of the Uno pro’s “You can’t do that!” I quickly pointed out the boundaries of the game allowed me to play that card—that way! I asked the veteran Uno players if they had ever read the rules. “No!” was their reply. All this time, they had been misusing a card that attributed to many failures on their part. These “Uno Attackers” were much like this generation that thought they were right in their own eyes. Yet, they had failed to see the failure in their own game because they were playing the game “on the fly.”
I don’t want to be a part of a generation that is blinded by the poor vision of self-righteousness! They think they are right, but they don’t know Who is Right! They know about Right, but they don’t know Right! But take note of whose eyes are they looking through—their “own eyes.” James 1:23-24 gives us an excellent word picture of what this man is like—someone who sees his flawed reflection in a mirror but then “forgetteth what manner of man he was.”
He then explains the eyewear that we should be using to view ourselves—the eyes of the “perfect Law of Liberty.” God’s Word and the Illuminator of it (God’s Spirit) is Who (not what) reveals blemishes. When we turn from the Illuminator, that same Illuminator brings the blemishes “to our remembrance,” so that we will be unable to forsake it without first eliminating those blemishes.
With better Lighting, you’ll see for yourself, “WOW, I never noticed that before!”