Up, Up and Away!

In the early comic books Superman would proclaim “Up, up and away!” as he would take off in flight.  We can use that phrase to our advantage.  I will explain how that applies later in this message.

I.  The Lord Keeps Watch:  Proverbs 15:3

The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
Keeping watch on the evil and the good.

God sees everything.  It is one of the attributes of God.  We recognize that God knows what we are doing.  The people who do evil deeds should be aware that God sees them.  Even if it seems that they are getting away with wrongdoing in this life.  Their time of judgement will come.  For those who are doing good.  God sees them as well.  For believers it is important to remember “let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. ”  (Galatians 6:9)

II.  The Lord’s Hate List:  Proverbs 6:16-19

These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.

Pride is first on the list.  This does not mean that we have to think of ourselves as lower than pond-scum.  There is a balance where we can recognize that we are made in God’s image, that we are children of the king, that we are more than conquerors, because of God.  The key is to recognize the role that God plays in our life.  If we think that we are the cause of our own success, we are mistaken.  We do play a role, but unless God blesses our efforts our efforts will be in vain.

Lying is second on the list.  Our current society thinks lying is not really very wrong.  The “little white lie” is widely accepted as insignificant.  Yet, lying is lying.  We are called to be people who speak the truth.  We do need to learn how to be tactful, and we do not need to share every thought that goes through our head, but what we do say should be the truth as we know it.

“Shedding innocent blood” seems to be a pass for many of us.  We have not committed murder.  Most of us have not committed assault of any kind.  However, what if we think back to our childhoods?  Were any of us bullies?  Did we pick on those who were weak or different?  Perhaps as we grew older we recognized that punching someone could get us fired instead of sent to the principal’s office.  We could go to jail instead of detention.  Did we shift our tactics so that we would conform to societies’ expectations?  We should treat people with love and respect.  We are called to love God and our neighbor as ourselves, yet, is that what we have done?

Devising wicked plans is next.  There is a difference between the person who sins in a moment of weakness and the person who plans in advance to do what they know to be wrong in the sight of God.  Premeditated sin is very wrong.  However, this passage means even more than that.  God is concerned about our hearts.  If we are daydreaming about doing wrong, even if we do not act upon it, we are doing wrong.  We are to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.  ( II Corinthians 10:5)

Feet that run to evil reminds me of a fight at the schoolyard.  The children run together to gather around and watch the people who are fighting.  As adults what evil do we run to watch?  What do we watch on television or at the movies?  Do we gather around and celebrate evil?  Or have we learned to focus on that which is good?

A false witness reemphasizes the importance of being truthful in all our dealings.  Are we honest in our tax returns?  Do we fulfill our commitments?   Are we known as people who do what we say we will do?

Finally, there is the one who sows discord.  Do you know how many churches have been destroyed by people who fought and bickered over things that were inconsequential?  We are supposed to be the family of God.  We are supposed to be unified by the Spirit of God.  Unfortunately, many Christians have fought each other rather than fighting the good fight.  We have far too often turned on each other, rather than supported each other.  That is wrong!

III.  Life Winds Upward: Proverbs 15:24

The way of life winds upward for the wise,
That he may turn away from hell below.

For those of us who have chosen to follow Christ we are called to “cease to do evil, and learn to do good”.  (Isaiah 1:16-17)  We are called to draw closer to God.  It is a lifelong process of serving God faithfully, not a onetime event, but a daily walk with God.  “Up, up and away!’ can refer to us drawing closer to God, and leaving the sin of the world behind.

Up, up and away!

These are the sermon notes from 5/31/15. Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I do not have any control over them, nor do I receive any money from them. 

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