In search of Wisdom

 

 

          Greetings precious people, I do hope that you are doing well today and rejoicing in the goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ. As we have been going through the Book of Proverbs in our search for wisdom, we have spent the last few weeks looking at some of the things that God hates. Top on God’s list of things that He hates is pride. We looked at this in some detail last week and you can get a copy of this if you missed it by simply requesting it. Lets take a look at the remaining six things that God hates which are mentioned in Proverbs Chapter Six.

            In Proverbs 6:16-19 we read, “These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.”

            Second on God’s hate list next to pride is lying lips. Another way of saying this, is that God hates lying. Seeing that God is the epitome of truth, in fact a number of verses in the Bible tell us that one of God’s characteristics is truth such as John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Being that He is the truth, it would only stand to reason that He would hate lies and lying. The following verses adequately express God’s feelings toward lying.

            Proverbs 12:22, “Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.” Proverbs 13:5, “A righteous man hates lying, but a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.” Psalm 59:12, “For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, let them even be taken in their pride, and for the cursing and lying which they speak.” Ephesians 4:25, “Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another.”

            There is a real problem in our country with lying. Lying has become so commonplace that it is thought to be the norm many times. The media is full of lies, the government is full of lies, lying in the home and at school has become commonplace. It has almost come to the place that when someone does speak the truth they are looked upon with suspicion, a tragic commentary on our society for sure.

            The third item on God’s hate list is hands that shed innocent blood. Can you think of anyone more innocent than a baby? Yet we have murdered over 50,000,000 unborn babies in our country since abortion has become legal. Now we could look at other countries and see numerous examples of pride, lying, and the shedding of innocent blood at the hands of both common people and governments alike. The whole world is guilty before a holy God, none are excused. But for us in the United States, these sins become worse, for we have had God’s Word in abundance, and from it we know better. Yet we have chosen to ignore, more accurately, outright disregard God’s Word and do our own thing. How great will our judgment be unless we repent and turn from our sin. 

            Number 4 on the list is a heart that devises wicked plans. An example of this on a large scale is Adolph Hitler’s plan to rid the world of all Jewish people or more recent, the radical Muslims of the world to make the world totally followers of Islam, whether by the sword or decision.

            Let’s consider how the heart devises wicked plans on a more personal level. Are people like you and I capable of doing such things? To answer this lets consider some examples. Have you ever entertained thoughts of getting even with someone that has done you wrong? Most people have at one time or another. Ways of cheating on income taxes; cheating on tests at school, or getting paid for hours that you didn’t work at a job are just a few.

            All of these come quite naturally to us because of the condition of the heart. Listen to what the Bible says is the condition of every person’s heart. In Jeremiah 17:9 we read, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Matthew 15:18-20, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man.”

            I know that most of those that will read this will have a very difficult time with what has just been said. We have come to believe that most everyone has a “good heart” but this is not how God views us. God judges the thoughts and intents of our heart, the motives behind what we do and say. We might be able to fool some people by our actions and words, but we can never fool God.

            When we come to the place of agreeing with God’s assessment of us, then God is able to begin to work to change our heart as we ask Him. King David did this in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” we cannot change our own heart, only God can. And the wonderful thing is, is that God wants to!

            Number five on the list is feet that are swift in running to evil. There are those today that have given themselves over to do evil every chance they get. They have no fear of God or shame in what they do. God’s Word has made it clear what is right and wrong, yet they do not care, they are bent on doing whatever they feel like doing.

            Number six on the list is a false witness who speaks lies. This is the intentional telling of flat outright lies to half-truths, ‘little white’ lies, embellishments, etc. This also includes but not limited to gossip, backbiting, only telling part of the truth when talking about another person. Often times the motive for this type of lying is the desire to make oneself look good as lies are told about the other person.

            Unfortunately this has become all too common place in our society today. Think of all the gossip magazines that are available as well as the TV shows and talk shows that thrive on lies. Think of the major news networks and news agencies that have no problem with misquoting or partially quoting individuals in order to make the public believe what they want them to believe.

            Number seven on the list of things that God hates is those who sow discord (strife) among the brethren. When Jesus prayed that great prayer the night in which He would be betrayed recorded in John 17, one of the things He prayed for was unity among the brethren. In John 17:20-23 we read, "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”

            One of the tell tale signs that Jesus said would be a witness to the world of the reality of the Christian life, would be when God’s people loved each other and were able to get along. This of course does not mean that we will always agree on everything, rather we will not allow minor differences to divide and separate us. It is tragic when God’s people cannot get along. When they allow minor differences or hurt feelings and misunderstandings to create division between them. It is even worse when some people feel it is their duty to sow seeds of discord among the brethren. God hates it when we misrepresent Him.

            As we have seen that there are specific things which God hates, it would do us good to hate them as well. Not just within the lives of others, but first and foremost within our own lives. It is all too easy to spot the sin in others and excuse it in our own life. I encourage you to follow the example of king David as he prayed for God to search his heart and reveal anything that was not right within him. In Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

            We will continue our study on the “Search for wisdom” next time, until then may the Lord richly bless beloved.

If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests you can contact me at: Calvary Chapel of Alpine, P.O. Box 1528, Alpine, Ca. 91903 or call 619-445-2589, or e-mail ccalpine@juno.com

Drew Macintyre is pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine