Proverbs – God’s practical guide to a joyful life
Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well.
Today, I couldn’t help but wonder where I’ve heard Solomon’s words for today before…
Let’s top up our coffees and I will explain…
There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Earlier in chapter 6, Solomon warned about keeping clear of troublemakers and villains. This week Solomon basically tells us the types of characteristics of these particular individuals and how God detests these characteristics, these sinful acts; haughty and lustful eyes, devious schemes or stealing plans, lying tongues, murderous hands, covetous hearts. Yes, God detests all these acts, and Solomon warns us to turn away from them. However, do they not sound remotely familiar?
Are they not basically the same commands that God gave us as Commandments five through ten?
“You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:13-19)
Yes, God has already commanded us against such actions and ways of living. Solomon has simply reaffirmed them from his own life’s experience. Therefore, let us heed God’s commands, and listen to Solomon’s words, as a guide for our life’s actions.
These commands are like a curb that stop and redirect us when we get too close to going off the road of righteous living that God would have us travel as his children. Then, just like all new beginner drivers, our Heavenly Father, as he sits in the passenger seat, will extend his strength and help in order for us to stay safely on the road on which he has asked us to go. Our Saviour is right there with us, through every moment of our journey, until the day it is complete and we are in his presence for eternity; no more commands, no more curbs, no more temptation, no more pain, no more unknowns. In the meantime, stay on the road and thank God for his curbs that protect us!
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, please help me to stay on the road you desire for me. Help me to stay focussed on you and not turn too far to the right or to the left and fall into temptation or doubt. But help me to live in your love and your ways and be your light along the way. For those times when I do fall off the road, forgive me and guide me back to safety. Thank-you for the redeeming grace of your son, my Saviour, Jesus, who is with me always and has promised never to leave me nor forsake me. In His name alone I pray. AMEN!