Proverbs 29:27 – The Way Things Ought Be

temptedProverbs 29:27 – “An unjust [wicked; evil] man is an abomination [an abhorrence; disgusting; loathsome] to the just [lawful; righteous; blameless; innocent]: and he that is upright [righteous; pleasing to God] in the way [way; conduct; journey; course of life] is abomination [an abhorrence; disgusting; loathsome] to the wicked [ungodly; immoral; guilty].”

What a powerful insight Proverbs 29:27 gives us into the way of God’s perfect order and how He would have things be!

There is much about the way things are today that is contradictory to the ways of God. Prophesying against Israel, the prophet Isaiah declared: Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).  Israel had become a wicked, self-deceived people whose ways were so perverted they loved sin and abhorred righteousness.  As it was in Isaiah’s day, so it is in our day when the majority of professing Christians are little more than practicing agnostics who have little reverence for God Who is holy and His command that His people be “holy in all manner of conversation [in both conduct and life] (1 Peter 1:15).

America’s churches, Bible colleges and seminaries are overflowing with young adults who scoff at the righteous and scorn the saints who challenge them to “be ye separate…and touch not the unclean thing” (2 Corinthians 6:15).  The church of the last days is “rich, and increased with goods”, so desensitized by her love for the world that her members know not that they are “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17). God's judgment

My friend, it ought be that the righteous finds the sins of the wicked to be a loathsome, disgusting abomination.  It ought be that the way of the godly that fear God and obey his Law are detested by the ungodly.  Sadly what ought be is not.  The average church member is so soiled with the world and the vestiges of sin he not only fails to love the Lord, he has no appetite for the forthright preaching and teaching of God’s Word!

It ought be that those who bear the Lord’s name (i.e. Christian) find the world, it’s sin and inducements to ungodliness to be an abhorrence.  It ought be that the purity of the righteous and their love for God is so great a rebuke to the wicked they find even the company of the righteous to be a rebuke to their sinful ways.

wrong wayMy friend, I suggest you contemplate those whose company you find tolerable and who applaud your ways and affirm your opinions for there is a natural enmity between the godly and the wicked (Genesis 3:15).

1 John 2:15-17 – Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith