Proverbs 15:24-26

The path of life is upward for the wise person,
to keep him from going downward to Sheol.
The Lord tears down the house of the proud,
but he maintains the boundaries of the widow.
The Lord abhors the plans of the wicked,
but pleasant words are pure.

If I were you, I would do everything I could to make sure I didn’t get on the Lord’s bad side.

I don’t want to perpetuate a bad gospel, because if we are doing our best to live by God’s word and doing so not of our own power, we are on His good side. However, for even the Christian, we can make mistakes that anger God. Yes we have forgiveness for those sins too, but we are not perfect once we accept Christ. We still have work to do.

Look at what the Lord does when you’re not on His side. When you’re building up the Kingdom of Me, you’re proud. And when you’re proud, the Lord is going to tear down your house. You won’t find protection in your pride and the Lord isn’t going to offer you any there either. The only protection that comes from God is when we abide under His house. His house, His rules.

The Lord abhors the plans of the wicked. That’s a strong word. It’s like hate times 10. If you’re building up the Kingdom of Me instead of the Kingdom of God, the Lord hates your plans. You don’t have to be viscously attacking Christians and godly people to be an enemy of God. All you have to do is be on your own team instead of His team. When you’re on your own team, building your own Kingdom, your plans are for your own good, not the good of the Kingdom of God.

Don’t get me wrong, the Lord wants to protect you. He wants you in His house, living under His roof. He wants you on His team. But the thing is, He wants us to be building His kingdom, not our own.

If you haven’t figured this out yet, I hope you do soon. There is a wisdom beyond understanding that the Lord offers. We will never attain such wisdom on our own. We could memorize encyclopedias, and still not have a fraction of a percent of the understanding that is available to us as Children of God. The life with Him is so good, so much better than we could ever conjure up in our own imaginations, that we would be fools not to pursue it with all our being.

In fact, we are. If we are not pursuing God, we are fools. If we are not pursuing His ways and His wisdom instead of our own. We are very foolish.

Don’t get on the Lord’s bad side.