Proverbs in 365 Devotions
for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD, but the upright are in his confidence.
A Friend of the King
by Robin Aylor
Wow! This verse begins with a statement that should fill us with shame and fear. Who would want to be an abomination in the eyes of their Creator? Who would want to be kept out of his fellowship and the workings of his will and all his plans.
Psalm 25:14 says: The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.
God is sovereign and in control. He is all of what truth is; and yet we reject him and his counsel. Are we like the biggest dunces ever? Our selfishness blinds us to the core. We have called him a liar and said our way is better. We are removed from his circle and as we continue in sin we stretch out our fingers hoping to grasp a piece of the glory that already belongs to him.
It is no mystery that we would appear to him like this text say; as an abomination or monstrosity. For we were the ones who said he was repulsive to us and so we went our own way. In doing so we became a monster; a disgusting horror disfigured by sin.
Guess what; God does not share the mysteries of his glory that have lain hidden in shadows through the ages past with those who will continue to despise him. These have rejected the basic truths of God and so they are never enlightened to see more. They refuse his gift of mercy and grace and harden their hearts to repentance. Their faith remains steadfast in their own self centered thoughts and ways.
But for those who trust Gods promise of hope and forgiveness that comes through his Son Jesus the Messiah, he brings into his confidence. Jesus himself said in: John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
Thank You Lord for your gifted mercy, your imputed righteousness, for giving us your own joy, showing us and letting us share your glory, taking us into your confidence and fellowship, for letting us search the unsearchable treasures of your holiness, learning more and more of your character and attributes and for transforming us by your spirit into your image. Amen.