Why would we pledge our heart and life to the LORD and then live for ourselves? That’s the worst kind of double standard.
We find that Solomon knew about double standards. He wound up reaping what he sowed by the kingdom being divided because of his waywardness, which was passed down to his son, and seemed to hit every other generation for centuries. Solomon preached against double standards; I just wish that he had practiced what he preached.
1 The Lord detests dishonest scales,
but accurate weights find favor with him.
3 The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
Many times, God doesn’t have to lift a finger for a duplicitous person to destroy himself; evil people are destroyed by evil. It’s what sin does to us. Jesus said, “The thief [sin] comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but I have come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10. The destructiveness of sin is why God hates it so much.
What IS sin? It is arrogance that reveals itself in rebellion that displays itself in disobedience that reaps destruction.
ARROGANCE –> REBELLION –> DISOBEDIENCE–> DESTRUCTION
Here are some more verses that pertain to the fate of those who deal in double standards:
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18
From today’s chapter:
5 The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight,
but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness [the fruit of their own schemes].
6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires [we can’t seem to get away from them].
20 The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse [strong word of warning],
but he delights in those whose ways are blameless [strong word of blessing].
By the way, “blameless” is how we are when we are subject to the LORD’s commands and leadership. When He tells us to do something, we stand blameless for the results; HE takes all responsibility and credit for our actions. It’s how things are supposed to work.
Today, may we listen, “bow our heart’s knee”, and obey the LORD’s commands. May we love as He loves, care as He cares, and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to all who will listen–as He leads. Let’s be looking for opportunities so that He doesn’t have to use something major to get our attention…!
Abba, may You reveal in my life any double standards I have. I want to be righteous and holy, so please turn up the heat on my kettle so that I may shine as silver purified seven times, as gold refined in the fire. I know that revival starts in MY heart, so, “Lord, send a revival and let it begin in me.” Amen.