Ancient wisdom for today (6)

August 6th 2012, Day 6, Proverbs 6

Here are six things God hates, and one more that he loathes with a passion: eyes that are arrogant, a tongue that lies, hands that murder the innocent, a heart that hatches evil plots, feet that race down a wicked track, a mouth that lies under oath, a troublemaker in the family. Proverbs 6:16-19 (The Message)

I think we’d all agree that we hate the things on that list!

It’s one of things I love about Proverbs (particularly in this paraphrased version) – sometimes it’s just so straightforward it leaves you with nothing more to to say…

…and yet – it’s not enough to say, ‘yep, I hate them too!’ without pausing to see whether we might be guilty habitually or occasionally of falling into any of those behaviours… or even the earliest signs of those behaviours.

So be my guest and join me in taking a moment to consider whether you sometimes slip into thinking you’re better than some other people, whether you’re so afraid of something being ‘found out’ that you ‘bend’ the truth a little, whether you allow others to shoulder the responsibility, the blame or the consequences for things you did…

…and if we find that sometimes our feet start racing down a ‘wicked track’ then let’s kick up a little dust and try to choose better directions to run in?