The Preacher's Morning Devotional
THE RELATIONSHIP OF GOD WITH THE WICKED
For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
He Has No Pleasure In Them - The followers of the false gods of this world take great pleasure in the most vile kinds of wickedness. It makes no difference what any religion may claim; wickedness is never acceptable to God.
He Does Not Tolerate Them - The cry of the world today is “Tolerance.” The world has so relentlessly pressed this philosophy that many today believe we are to tolerate everything. We are even told that God is a God of tolerance. Nothing could be farther from the truth. God does not take pleasure in the wicked, He does not tolerate them, and He does not dwell with them. The modern Church has taken up the philosophy of tolerance for the sake of wealth, material gain, popularity or peace. They have denied the True and Living God in order to be accepted by the world. Those that take up that stand will not have God dwelling with them. This is not only true for the Church; it is true for our personal life. Christ will not dwell in the heart of one that welcomes wickedness.
He Hates Them - As sure is there is nothing as wonderful and sweet as the love of God; there is nothing as fearful and horrible as the hate of God. God is perfect and His hate for the wicked is not a sinful hate, but a perfect hate. He hates sin worse than the Devil. He hates the Devil because of sin! God includes the bloody and deceitful in His hate. These are those that speak highly or lightly of sin. These are those that welcome or tolerate sin. We are to follow after God and hate the very presence of sin. The modern Church has taken its lead from the Catholic Church in that they have categorized sin, some bad and others not so bad. They do not have a burning hatred for wickedness. God help us to look upon all wickedness with full horror and understand that those that love God will hate evil.