He Will Lift Us Up
Read Proverbs 6:16-19
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.
If these are the things the Lord hates, what does He love?
We know that the Lord hates sin. He is perfectly holy and completely without sin. This Proverb lists out specific sins that the Lord hates. But if we aren't careful, we can look at this list and then look outward at other people. I am sure when you read this verse, someone you know who is a chronic liar popped into your brain. Maybe you just skimmed over the next few items because you aren't a murderer and you don't sit around and plot evil all day. Plus, you're not the one who stirs up all the drama in the community! But you can name exactly who does. You nod your head along as you read. "Yep. God hates those sins, and so do I."
But if we read the list of sins like that, we need to reread that first sin again. Haughty eyes. Looking down on people as if we are superior. Pride. And it's because of that haughtiness that we read through the rest of the list thinking of other people's sin and feeling pretty good about ourselves instead of feeling a healthy sense of conviction about our own sins. Maybe that's why "haughty eyes' are listed first. Haughty eyes blind us from seeing our own sin. And if we don't see our own sin, we may not realize our need for a Savior.
Proverbs 18:12 warns us that "Before destruction, a man's heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor." When we are humble, we see ourselves rightly before a holy God. We are guilty of sin. We realize that we need a Savior. In our humility, we seek Jesus, and we are forgiven and made right with God by His sacrifice on our behalf. When we humble ourselves before Him, He lifts us up.
So as you read through this list, pray and ask that God would show you areas of sin that you need to confess to Him.
Father, I know that I have sinned against You. I know that I am guilty of some of the sins listed on this list. But in You, I know I am forgiven and justified. Continue to make me more like You. Amen.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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