Habakkuk 1:13 “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?”
I am always amazed when I encounter sin woven into the lifestyle of a Christian. This happens frequently in the entertainment we watch, who we vote for, how we speak to people, but also with friends, inappropriate language, observance of driving laws and the rules we live by.
One time a Christian friend shared with me a movie he had just seen. I asked what it was rated. He thought PG13 – it was R. I asked if it had any F words. He said, “I do not think any and if so, maybe a couple” - 126. How quickly sin can unwittingly consume righteousness.
As easily as I made the opening statement, I know there are areas where I unwittingly participate in sin. A friend once pointed out a sin to me. I told him, “I hate stopping at stupid stop signs.” My friend said, “Stop means stop. It is not a discretionary decision.” Oops!
Today’s verse asks a more fundamental question concerning sin - Do we believe God and His truths enough to live our Christian lives so that righteousness flourishes and sin diminishes? Do we believe God is more than adequate to help us not only survive, but to thrive? Today’s verse shows how our eyes, character, and fear provide a good start to living righteously.
Jesus teaches in Matthew 6:22-23 the importance of what you look at and what it reveals about you, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”
Exposing yourself to sin through your eyes will increasingly allow sin to grow in your life. Inversely the same is true for digesting and learning from increasing amounts of God’s Word. As you do this, the Holy Spirit in you will progressively increase God’s life in you.
Exposing yourself to God’s Word and prayer should be a self-evident need for Christians, but it is all too frequently absent in a Christian’s life. As you have breakfast each morning, do you also have a quiet time with God (Bible reading and prayer)? As you have lunch each day, do you also replenish God’s presence through prayer, Scripture memory, and application from God’s Word that morning? As you conclude your day with dinner, do you do the same with prayer and meditation on God’s Word for understanding, coping, and growing from your day?
Deuteronomy 22:9 teaches you about character: “Do not plant two kinds of seed in your vineyard; if you do, not only the crops you plant but also the fruit of the vineyard will be defiled.” Too often you know the truth in God’s Word, but you ignore it. Reading and proclaiming God’s Word is good, but simultaneously denying it with your actions ruins the fruit God desires to reap in your life.
The final reason we live duplicitous lives is fear. John 12:42-43 shows how fear is a strong reason that we live sinful lives: “Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in Him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.” Living this way shows how we love the world more than God, because we are afraid of what we could lose in this world.
Just as your eyes, character, and fear are all powerful magnets to living a duplicitous life apart from Christ, an intimate, passionate relationship with Christ is where victorious Christian living exists. Out of your intimacy with Christ your life is opened to the work of the Holy Spirit. All that is left is to believe, trust, and step into the life Christ has for you! Live your life through Christ – not the world.
Galatians 5:16 “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”
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