May 6, 2020

True contentment

These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him Proverbs 6:16

As I went through the list of things that God hates, it was easy to look at them at face value and say.  “well, I don’t do those things. I’m doing pretty good.”  However, I believe the point of this scripture is not so much in the actions as it is a matter of the heart.  God is looking at the intent of our heart and it is the part of each one of us the shows who we really are.  1 Samuel 16:7 says, man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.  These seven things spoken of in the Proverb are heart matters and truly identify who or what is at the core of a person, whether it of God or sin.  I want to contrast in this dose the things that God hates with the opposite concluding that this is what God loves.

So the first thing in this list is a proud look.  Since the opposite of pride is humility, it is safe to say that God loves a humble heart.  Philippians 2:3 says, Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  We are to consider others even before we concern ourselves with our own needs.  This is not natural and is something that we must intentionally do if it is going to be done at all. I have said it before, but it bears repeating.  Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.  When you put your focus on others and how you can bless and impact the lives of those around you, this is true humility and definitely an attribute that pleases God.  He is all about people and wants us to be too.

The next thing that God hates is a lying tongue.  This leads me to believe that He loves truth and honesty Ephesians 4:5 says put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.  Later on in the same chapter of Ephesians, verse 15 says when we speak the truth in love, we grow up in all things. What we are speaking is truly what is in our heart.  Our Heavenly Father has given us a standard in His Word, so we can truly know what truth is.

God hates hands that shed innocent blood, but He loves the hands that reach out to others with the love of God.  Matthew 10:42 tells us whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.

God sees a heart that devises wicked plans but the heart that follows God’s plan is the life that blesses Him.  Ephesians 5:17 tells us not be be unwise, but to understand what the will or plan of the LORD is.  By spending time with Him and acknowledging Him in all our ways, He places the path before us and empowers us to complete our assignment.

Feet that are swift to run to evil are feet that are running away from God. God receives the heart that is quick to repent and consistently turns their life in His direction. James 4:8 tells us when we draw near to God, He draws near to us. I love this passage so much. To know that I can press into God at any time, and He will come close to me is such a great comfort especially in the days we live in.

A false witness who speaks lies sounds a lot like a lying tongue, however, I believe this is a little deeper and speaking of how our words effect others.  Instead, lets be a people who encourage each other.  

1 Thessalonians 5:11 tells us to comfort each other and edify one another.  This is the heart that God is looking for, that we build each other up.

Lastly, one who sows discord among brethren.  Brethren is not speaking of brothers in our natural family, but of God’s family.  Jesus told us in Matthew 5:9 that we are to be peacemakers.  Bring peace into every situation you encounter in life.  Peace is the fruit that quickly identifies God’s Spirit is present.  Especially when you are with other believers, peace should always be the atmosphere.

I know this seems like a lot to consider, but these things are plainly spelled out in this chapter not to just quickly read over, but as a guide to line our lives up with.  Certainly it is worth the time to understand the heart of God in all these attitudes of the heart.

Today I encourage you to take a look at your own heart and honestly consider if it lines up with God’s.  Use this list as a guide to discern the thoughts and intents of your heart.  Hebrews 4:12 tells us to use God’s Word to discern our thoughts and intentions, and this passage is an excellent place to start.  Be that child of God that quickly runs to Him each day in full surrender and line up your life with everything He has planned for you.  It is where true contentment is.

Today’s scripture reading: Proverbs 6

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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