August 23, 2018

Proverbs 6: 16-19…These six things doth the LORD hate; yea, seven are abomination unto him. A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood. An heart that deviseth wicked  imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief . A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

The seven things listed in today’s scripture are considered as abomination to God. The word abomination according to the Dictionary is defined as “extreme disgust and hatred”. Examining each of this list can help us to avoid being in the category of those that God cannot look at because of the behavior. We will examine the first one today.

“A proud look” …Why are these behaviors disgusting to God? They are the things that make us to think more of ourselves and less of others. When we have this tendency, we are not giving the highest priority to our maker that created us and placed us where we are. “A proud look”. or pride was recorded in the Bible as the major cause of Lucifer’s fall. Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 gave us the appalling attitude of Lucifer who was created with all the splendor and beauty and then aspired to be like the Most High. He said in his heart “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God, I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the most High”. This is the height of self-exaltation that led to his destruction as quoted in Ezekiel that says “I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God, and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub from the midst of the stones of fire.(Ezekiel 28:16). Therefore spirit of pride is destructive, it is disgusting to God, it does not give honor to God who is the architect of all. Your beauty, achievement, fame and prosperity are all from God so what do we have that we have not received, and why do we boast then when it is not our power that made them possible. This is why a proud look is an abomination to God, and makes God  to withdraw what He has given to such people that display such habit.

Let us look at the Bible and examine people that have been used and thought their power made it possible and what God did to teach them lesson. A good example is king Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon who was the first ruler in the world that was given so much power to conquer and subdue many nations and his kingdom was strong and prosperous. Then one day he walked in the palace of his kingdom and said thus ” Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty?” While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken , The kingdom is departed from thee.  And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field; they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will. The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar; and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the due of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers , and his nails like birds’ claws. And at the end of the days, I, Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High and I praised and honored him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion and his kingdom is from generation to generation….. At the same time my reason returned unto me, and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honor and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me, and was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar praise, and extol and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment; and those that walk in pride He is able to abase.” Daniel 4:29-37. I quoted these verses for us to know and appreciate the MIGHTY WORK of God, the MERCY of God and the foolishness of pride. It took 7 years of being driven to a bush and turning to a beast before he could realize that the King of heaven rules in the affairs of men, and His kingdom has no end, and He was the one that returned his senses back to him and then restored him back to his kingdom.

With this practical example of how proud look  is an abomination to God, we should learn from this and walk with fear,and trembling and reverence to God, acknowledging His work in our life and thanking Him for making us a useful vessel in His hand. Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before fall (Proverbs 16:18). We need to watch our thoughts and our actions and let them honor God at all times.  The opposite of proud look is humility. Daniel exemplified humility in all his dealings with either the king, or his subjects while he was in Babylon as a captive. He ascribed glory and honor to the King of kings for giving him excellent spirit to be able to know the untold dream of the king and its  interpretation. Philippians 2:13 “For it is God that works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure. The LORD will continue to use us for His glory, and the glory must be returned unto Him all the time. Amen.

Prayer…Lord mold me and make me after your will, and let people glorify your name in my Jesus name, Amen.

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