“Do not slander a servant to their master, or they will curse you, and you will pay for it. There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers; those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth; those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful; those whose teeth are swords and whose jaws are set with knives to devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among mankind.” Proverbs 30:10-14
As we have said often in our adventure of Proverbs there is so much wisdom in each line. We could have broken it down almost word by word. It is a book, that if we live by it, will bring wisdom to our lives and keep us from foolishness. It is a book we should read and study often. For today we are going to camp on one phrase from this section. This is it, “…those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth…”
This phrase can cause us to pause and question.
Do I know anyone like this?
Could it be referring to me?
What is the phrase referring to?
Throughout the years, many have shared the Gospel with others. Often, they may have opened with a question something like this, “If you were to die today and you were to stand before God, how would you answer if He asked you why He should allow you to enter His Kingdom?”
In my experience in asking that question, and in the experiences of lots of others the standard answer has many times been, “Well, I’m a pretty good person. I’ve never killed anyone. I try to do what is right.”
A pretty good person…and that is what lots of people are banking on to get them into heaven.
This Proverb is addressing this very thing…people who believe they are pure in their own eyes and yet not cleaned up of their filth.
We are not pure. We are sinners and that sin makes each of us filthy before God. We cannot stand in our own purity because we don’t have any. We must come to Jesus and ask Him to cleanse us from all of our sin. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Lord Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross for me, for paying for my sin so I can be cleansed.