“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil” (Proverbs 16:5-6).
One of the things I love about the Bible is how clearly it is written. When I was a young boy, I began to memorize the Word of God, and those verses are just as beneficial to me today as they were as a boy, a teen, a young adult, and now a mature (old) man. God’s Word lays out what God thinks. He is not impressed with what the world says is best. He knows the heart of man. What is in your heart today? Consider the two verses above, and ask God to help you live in a way today that will please Him.
There are two distinctly different people introduced to us in Proverbs 16. The one is characterized by being “proud in heart.” This person is not the person God wants you to be. This person is described as an “abomination to the Lord.” I don’t think I need to explain that at all! God hates the person who is filled with pride! The second part of that verse says that it doesn’t matter how many of them line up together and spout off their worth, they are still an abomination! They can line up hand in hand all over your country … still an abomination. Before we start trying to point out who these people are … look in the mirror. I believe pride is one of the common enemies to all of us. All of us want our way and think we are always right. That is a part of our human nature (unfortunately).
This is the person God does not like … but the writer then describes the kind of person God is looking to bless. This person is characterized by mercy, truth, and the fear of the Lord. This is the person I am not naturally, but want to become. I certainly want God to pour out His mercy on me. I want God to reveal His truth to me. When it comes to me fearing Him enough to turn over the controls of my life … that’s where it gets tough. I am naturally a person with pride, but I want to live above what is “natural,” and live a life that pleases my Heavenly Father. Do not be fooled … God is not impressed with pride – and it doesn’t matter how many of you line up hand in hand and agree about it. God is looking today for people who will demonstrate mercy and truth. He is looking for someone to fear Him and walk in His ways. Volunteer today! It will be an exciting ride!
“… Now mine eye seeth Thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” – Job the patriarch