Proverbs 22: King James Bible
Abhorred – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty two, Verse 14
14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Abhorred
Here’s that strange woman again; creeping around to bother us, and to cause us some sort of harm. Odd how she just doesn’t go away.
We spoke briefly about the strange woman back in Devotional 43 simply titled “The Strange Woman.” Head back there to check it out if you’d like.
In the verse above, there are a few things that caught my attention. Not so much the woman herself, but the means by which she affects people.
First thing would be to realize that the focus on the strange woman is her mouth. Talking, convincing, influencing, and deceiving, all derive from what is going to come out of the strange woman’s mouth.
This would represent in my opinion, the world at large, always doing such things to persuade people to follow small “g” gods, or to have no god to worship at all, but to believe in nothing. The world is at war with the Lord, following it’s prince, Lucifer, rather than the King of Kings, Christ the Lord.
She also represents other or false religions, that are established and designed with the express purpose of deceiving masses away from the truth. Jesus alone is the way, the truth, and the life. That’s it. Any other way is false, despite how laced with candy it may be.
In these respects, I believe this verse is summing all this up as the strange woman. And her mouth is the agent of destruction with this verse. However, it isn’t behaving indiscriminately, which might be a revelation to some.
This brings me to the second thing that should prove interesting to focus on. Nobody is going to fall into her pit, without the Lord’s stamp of approval.
Only he that is abhorred of the Lord will fall therein, not those who the Lord does not abhor. Very interesting thought, in times where we are taught that God loves everyone, no matter what they do or think.
The Father does indeed abhor people who willingly turn away from him, and those who cause trouble for his children. He can even abhor his own children when they turn to other gods and make a conscious decision to reject his ways. The entire Old Testament can show us with clarity, how the Lord works concerning that which we abhors.
Leviticus is very clear on the matter, using the exact word “abhorred” or “abhor,” many times when describing how to avoid him feeling that way about the Israelites and those who surrounded them.
But it is very important to understand, that the Lord is forgiving, particularly to those who repent and sin no more. When the Father abhors someone, it doesn’t mean that it’s forever. Here and there in the Word, we have examples that once someone realizes they are being abhorred of the Lord, they fall on their faces to repent.
And they are forgiven, to be once again righteous with the Father. In the New Testament, we are instructed speciffically to cleave unto what is good, and abhor what is evil. We are instructed to do so, because that’s how the Father is.
Every good Father takes pleasure to see his kids trying to be like him!
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 6: King James Bible
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Luke 10: King James Bible
16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.
Acts 13: King James Bible
41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.
Romans 12: King James Bible
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
1 Thessalonians 4: King James Bible
7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit. 9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
Thank you for all of the mysteries that you’ve entered into your Word, and for giving us the opportunity to search them out. Forgive us Father, if we have ever fallen to temptation to fall into the pit of the strange woman, causing us to be abhorred of the Lord, even if it were only for a short time. Help us all to be a pleasure in your eyes, and bring you joy, rather than grievances. Thank you Father, and in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you done anything that you know of, that would cause for you to be abhorred of the Lord?