SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- The writer of this proverb warns against getting into debt and against laziness.
- The end of this proverb are warnings again against having sex outside of marriage. After last weekend's reading, this theme may start to sound like a broken record, but if we are honest with ourselves we know how destructive this can be for our lives.
- In verses 16-19, we are told what the author thinks God hates. “Hate” is a strong word; if God hates something, we should take note.
- The second half of this chapter reiterates the dangers of adultery.
- The common motivation for the things God hates is selfishness. Selfishness leads to all of the hated items listed by the author.
- We could focus on each of the six things one-by-one, and how we can eliminate each of them from our lives. But the better way to do that is by asking ourselves: what selfish behavior do we need to stop? In what areas of our lives do we need to replace our desire to get ahead with our desire to grow closer to God?
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- In what areas of your life are you being selfish? Maybe there's someone you're trying to throw under the bus, or an exaggeration you're telling to make yourself look better. Today, ask God to forgive you for that selfishness, and ask Him to replace it with a total desire to please Him. When you're tempted to give in to that selfishness, use that as a reminder to talk to God and tell Him how you're feeling.