Friday, September 6, 2019

Daily Devotion: What God Hates

Bible Reading: Proverbs 6

Key Verse: Verse 16 – “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him

Key Words: These six things doth the LORD hate

God hates sin. In our Scripture reading for today, the author of Proverbs singles out seven specific transgressions that are an abomination to the Lord (it would be good to read verses 17-19 often). Sin is so horrible that when the Lord Jesus, the perfect Son of God, bore our guilt on the cross, the Father turned His back on His beloved Son. And Christ, in the blackness of that dreadful hour, cried out, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). If sin is so terrible in the sight of God, then we must fear it, hate it, and avoid it.

In F.B. Proctor’s Treasury of Quotations there is a story told by Johann Peter Lange, the 19th century German theologian and author. He said that a religious leader was viciously hated by the emperor of his day. Some of the ruler’s advisors said to the monarch, “Burn him, confiscate his property, put him in irons, or have him killed.”

But others disagreed. They said, “you will not gain anything by all this; for in exile, he would find a home with his God…he kisses his chains, death opens heaven to him. There is only one way to render him unhappy, force him to sin. He fears nothing in the world but sin.”

Note that last sentence: “He fears nothing in the world but sin.” How many people do we know like that? Unfortunately, we often become so comfortable in sin’s presence that we practice it rather than fear it. But remember how God views it. May we therefore, as lovers of Him, be haters of sin!

What to do:
✞ Evaluate your own life. Are you comfortable in the presence of sin?
✞ Do you fear sin or practice sin? Are you real or artificial in your Christian life?

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