The Way of the Wicked
The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight. The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous. The Lord detests the way of the wicked, but He loves the one who pursues righteousness.--------Proverbs 15:8, 29, 9
There are two groups of people that these verses are pertaining to. One is the wicked, who are those who have NEVER given their HEART and LIFE over to the Lord, but prefer to live a sinful lifestyle. The other group is the righteous, those who HAVE given their HEART and LIFE over to the Lord and desire to live a righteous lifestyle.
In these verses we see the difference in the heart of Almighty God concerning His dealings with the wicked and the righteous. Some who are living a sinful lifestyle, may be playing a game by claiming to be righteous, and carry out the acts of a righteous person, but they have NEVER truly given their HEART and LIFE over to God. These verses tell us that to Almighty God, those acts are detestable. But the act of prayer of the righteous is His delight.
They tell us that the Lord is far from the wicked. In other words, He does NOT hear or respond to the prayers of the wicked or sinful, unless it is FIRST the prayer of REPENTANCE, but He hears the prayer of the righteous. So for all that are living a sinful lifestyle and have NEVER truly given their HEART and LIFE to God, you can have your name on a thousand different church membership rolls and sit in a pew every Sunday and offer up prayers, but those prayers go unheard by God, until you pray the prayer of repentance and TRULY give your HEART and LIFE to Him.
The last verse that we have, says that the Lord detests or hates the way of the wicked, but He loves the one who pursues righteousness. Our God is a Holy, Righteous God and it is His desire that those who belong to Him, live a holy, righteous life, that doesn’t mean that we will live without sin in our life, as long as we are flesh and blood, we are going to sin, because the flesh is weak. But it means that we FLEE from sin and PURSUE or run after righteousness. Our desire should be to live a righteous life. So we can please our Heavenly Father and have the assurance that He hears and accepts our prayers and worship.
If you have NEVER given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are one of the wicked. You may feel that you have lived a good moral life and that you are on your way to Heaven, but I am here to tell you that my Bible says that our salvation is not by works we have done, but by the work that Jesus Christ has done on the cross to redeem fallen mankind. Jesus said that NO man can come to the Father, but by Him. So if you have NEVER truly given your HEART and LIFE to Him, you can come to the Father NOW, and change your title from wicked to righteous by: CONFESSING your sins to God and asking for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for you and is alive, in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION. Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting!!!