Scripture: Proverbs 6 (focus on v. 16-19)
Observation: The Lord detests arrogance and pride, lying, killing the innocent, evil, wrongdoing, and creating disunity or discord in a family.
Application: What’s your pet peeve? Some people can’t stand pen clickers or loud apple chewers. Me? I can’t stand cereal slurpers.
Cereal Slurper (n): People who refuse to eat cereal out of a bowl in a dignified manner and instead take large spoonfuls with milk dripping all over the place, down their chin, and then proceed to slurp it loudly off their spoon.
Ew! Just thinking about it grosses me out. I’m Team Eat Cereal In A Dignified Manner. You know, Team ECIADM for short. GET IT TOGETHER, PEOPLE.
While I don’t enjoy being near a cereal slurper, I don’t hate them down to my very core. I’m annoyed and normally want to leave the room, but I’m not full of hatred. However, as the writer of Proverbs provides some direction for everyday living, he talks about things that the Lord truly detests:
“…haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.” (v. 17-19)
Pride, arrogance, lying, disunity – these are the things the Lord truly hates. He never hates the people, but he always, always hates the sin.
Here’s how the Message version puts it:
“…eyes that are arrogant, a tongue that lies, hands that murder the innocent, a heart that hatches evil plots, feet that race down a wicked track, a mouth that lies under oath, a troublemaker in the family.” (v. 17-19)
As we examine our lives today, inviting the Word of God to be transformational rather than just informational, where do these sins show up in our lives? Are there any hints of pride, arrogance, lying, disunity, discord?
For me, the answer is yes. I can see selfishness, the way I can cover that up with lies and posturing. I can see how my heart isn’t always for others, quietly sowing discord among those God has called my brothers and sisters. I can see glimpses of pride birthed out of insecurity, arrogance birthed out of that pride.
So, let’s examine, confess, and repent from that sin today, refusing to hang on one second longer to anything that our gracious Lord hates.
Because when we ask for another chance, his answer is always yes. Forgiveness is what he loves.
Prayer: God, I pray for eyes to see anything that separates me from you. I pray you’ll show me, allow me to confess that sin in the name of Jesus, and embrace new power and strength in Christ. Amen.