Proverbs 15:26–29 (ESV)
26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure.
27 Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
29 The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
In today’s passage we see the thoughts of the wicked, those greedy for unjust gain, the mouth of the wicked and the distance of God from the wicked. It is always interesting to me that words penned some 3,000 years ago are still as true today as they were then. People have not changed, and wisdom is still a benefit to those who seek it. Evil people have the same issues now that they had then.
In my lifetime the proliferation of evil men and women into the leadership of the United States has been astounding. I call them wicked because they want to live without consequences of their sinful desires. They want to be sexually active without the consequence of having a child, so the abortion industry has killed well over 50,000,000 people and still wants more. Government leaders want to approve all sorts of sexual deviancy through laws enabling homosexual marriage (an oxymoron if there ever was one), enabling homosexuals to adopt innocent children and more. Transgenderism is confusing the youngest in society. The legalization of drinking and of marijuana use as a recreational drug goes against every spiritual instruction of not becoming enslaved to anything. But since it is people in leadership and popularity that are flying these flags, wickedness is becoming more and more acceptable. Regardless of their level of popularity, the thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord.
It is no surprise to read that the Lord is far from the wicked.
On the other side, the words of those filled with grace are still pure words; those who hate bribes live a better and more secure life; the heart of the righteous thinks about the right answer, and the Lord hears the prayer of the righteous.
We may be on the wrong side of the political and the popular elite, but we are on the right side with God. May we not be swayed by the voices of abomination that are working diligently to turn society to their evil desires, but may we recognize true grace and true wisdom continuing to walk in them.
My brother-in-law, Shawn, has appointments this week to seek to understand what is happening with his eyes. Thank you for your prayers for him, please continue to seek the Lord on Shawn and Donna’s behalf.
Tomorrow we will again host a prayer time at 11:45 at JIBC. These have become precious times of opening God’s word and praying together. Join us if you can.
Have a great day in the Lord,