Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 23)
Don't Scoff With Proud Eyes
These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.
Proverbs 6:16-19 (NKJV)
For these next seven days of Do Not Do's, we'll study seven abominations: seven things detestable to our Lord. In the spiritual meaning of numbers, seven is the number of completion.* Therefore, God completely hates these actions. I'd like to think I haven't done them all, but I've surely tripped upon the first one:
Pride. As in arrogance and self-importance; haughtiness, aloofness and pretension; disdain and feelings of entitlement. Like because of our good looks or quick wits; our riches, possessions or position; our talents, awards, credits or fanbase; our star power or Twitter followers... we think we're above most other people.
We think we know a lot more than they do. We've certainly accomplished a lot more, and we've received a lot more attention. We have a lot more pressing things to do than to slow our progress and look kindly on every down-and-out person we meet. Most of them just want handouts anyway. Let them see to their own accomplishments. (Lord, forgive me for such a wrong mindset.)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: When we look down on other people, The Lord will see to our own downfall. The how and when are for Him to know, but His Word promises pride's collapse. That's why we're told to humble ourselves.** Because when we leave this job to God, chances are, it's going to hurt more.
Pride signed Satan's death certificate, although exile from Heaven came first. Pride tempted Eve, who tempted Adam. It signed their death certificates, too. Although Jesus broke that pen's power and overturned sentences of death, modern saints have no excuse for pride. Because Jesus was a humble Man, actors for God must be humble, too.
To Be Continued...
* The spiritual meaning of seven: http://www.biblestudy.org/bibleref/meaning-of-numbers-in-bible/7.html
** 'Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up' (James 4:10).
** Additional Bible Verses about humbling ourselves: https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=humble+yoursel&qs_version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.