I’ve been reading through the book of Proverbs this week and have been amazed at the number of references to double standards. We’re going to land on one Proverb, in particular, today. Chapter 20 verse 10 is very precise in its wording yet there is a deeper meaning to it. It appears to be talking about weights and measures in the world of commerce but there is also a deeper meaning that applies to everyday life. (I used the New Living Translation for this picture.)
Blessings to you and yours!
Our culture does not like to think of God as hating, yet, the Word is clear about what He hates. Check it out…
Let’s look at each segment and see how it applies to our lives.
- Haughty eyes: I found this definition of haughty in the Cambridge English Dictionary: Unfriendly and seeming to consider yourself better than others. Suppose you just heard a new music group and began talking about with others. If you give the idea that they are somehow less informed than you that’s being haughty. Anytime you present yourself as somehow better than others that’s being haughty.
- A lying tongue: I’m sure we all know the meaning of the word lying. Simply saying something that is not true. Not just a blatant outright untruth but those little half-truths (So-called white lies fit here.) and those words that sound good but carry a different meaning. (Like saying you love the dress another is wearing but your body language says you look horrible in that color or style.) Get it?
- Hands that shed innocent blood: Drive-by shootings, suicide bombings, abortion, euthanasia… Have we become so jaded (unmoved) to this that we no longer care?
- A heart that devises wicked schemes: Bullying is one of the most prevalent problems in our homes, schools, work, churches, government… Have you been intimidated into doing something you haven’t wanted, strong-armed into telling lies or saying mean things to and about others, kept quiet about an incident… All of this just to fit in. Bullies devise ‘wicked schemes’ to stay in control. God knows and He hates it.
- Feet that are quick to rush into evil: The intent of the person who fits this category is simply one who intends to create trouble. Doesn’t matter who, how, where. If the opportunity arises they’re there. And it happens quickly!
- A false witness who pours out lies: Both of these phrases are the same concept. False witnesses are liars! And man, are they good at it. Let’s look at a possible scenario. Someone comes to you and says, I saw Doris at the coffee shop with Darrin. I think they’re having an affair. You discuss it, add other possible instances to it, talk with others about it, and the whole thing gets blown out of proportion. This one fabricated lie has the potential to destroy lives. My advice: Follow the 9th Commandment. Don’t lie!
- A person who stirs up conflict in the community: Are you bitter about something or someone? If you can say yes to this you are ripe for stirring up conflict. If you have a problem with someone go to them, directly. Don’t use it against them to rile up the entire community. (Think about the election last year. Conflict was created by the media and opponents and the country is still stirred up.) Let it go!
There you have it. God is not a hateful God! He is more than loving. He cannot disown Himself (see 2 Timothy 2:13). If any of these fit you take it to Him. He will forgive and heal you.
Know that the LORD is good and His mercies endure forever! Psalm 100:5
Blessings to you and yours!