Proverbs 6:16 These six things the Lord hates, yes seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.
It’s easy to sit in the place of judgment while reading today’s chapter, but we aren’t doing someone else’s Bible study, and God is very clear that the judgment seat is His alone. In Matthew 7:1-3, Jesus said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” With Jesus’ own words in mind, let’s look individually at this chapter and examine ourselves. You and I are the only people we can change.
One thing that always gets my attention is the section on laziness. In this society, self-motivation is not required learning. Classrooms are packed to the point that managing behavior trumps creative exploration. Entertainment comes at the tap of a fingertip, and at work we sit in one place handling lines of incoming customers.
How embarrassing to be compared to a bug, who “has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” I believe that God provides for his people, especially when we are tithing, but we don’t have to be spiritual newborns, just waiting for a bottle. Do I have savings, so I don’t live on credit? Do I find ways to use my hours wisely, so I make a difference at my job and in my community? Am I responsible with the body, family and assets that God has so generously given me?
What about the other things in Proverbs 6? I’ll leave you to look at them.
Lord, we open our hearts to You. Even in places where we feel justified, if we hold any attitudes that displease You please point them out and change us. We will obey You with our actions and mental focus, and we trust that You will change our hearts along the way. Thank You, Lord, for your incredible patience. We love You!