An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flatters himself in his own eyes, when he finds out his iniquity and when he hates.
The more I speak to people within and outside “the church”, I find that they will rationalize their sin. There’s always a reason… always an excuse as to why YHWH will make an exception for their sin.
“I know God hates sin… but certainly He didn’t mean THIS little sin, right?”
That’s what the Word means when it says, “he flatters himself in his own eyes.” It’s the idea that God is willing defy His own Word and make an exception, just for the one sin that we are unwilling to give up.
They say within their hearts: “Oh yes, God hates sin. But He’s more concerned with murder, rape and pillage than with this one little sin.”
Flattering Myself with Pet Sins
I’ll use my own life as an example.
Up until the recent past, I absolutely LOVED action movies. Fast and Furious, Terminator and Die Hard were on my list of “must watch” films. I would rationalize that since I was not watching excessively violent rated R movies or anything overtly sexual, that God would excuse my little vice. I mean, it wasn’t THAT bad, right?
It was then that the Father opened my eyes. All the fighting, the wrecked cars, the vigilante justice and the gunplay was straight-up violence. And the Word has plenty to say about how He feels about violence.
The LORD tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
I can already hear the ones who rationalize. I know that as soon as they read this, they will immediately reason, “Yeah, but He was talking about the actual, physical act of violence… certainly He doesn’t mean watching violence on TV?”
I don’t know, did He? Do we really want to risk that? Or are we “flattering ourselves in our own eyes?”
Later on, in verse 4, the Word says:
He sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not abhor evil.
If you “abhor” something, you absolutely despise it.
Repulsive Sins Come in Small Packages
In explaining this to my family, I said that it would be like somebody brought you a box, and when you opened the box, you saw human waste inside. To the normal person, this would be so absolutely disgusting; they would drop the box and run to the other side of the room. Some would run out of the house.
That’s what it means to abhor something. Do we feel that way about our pet sins?
Let me tell you something, YHWH feels that way about your pet sins.
And when you attempt to approach Him with these pet sins, it’s like you are insisting on bringing that box of human waste with you. How many of you would want to hug your child if he was holding human waste in his hand?
I’ll leave you with that. And I apologize if you were eating.