“Those of a crooked heart are an abomination the LORD, but those of blameless ways are his delight.” Proverbs 11:20
It all starts in the heart. What is in the heart of a man matters to God. You could say that that is what matters most to God. In this proverb, there is a sense that the crooked heart is a person who not only commits sin, but seeks it out in order to revel in it. The other side of this coin is that those who seek out blamelessness can bring delight to God. These people do not necessarily have no sin whatsoever, they simply are seeking to remove the patterns and paths of sin in their lives so that they can be filled with His righteousness.
Lord God, I do feel considerably more able to consider the word blameless and righteous under these circumstances. The temptation was strong, but You are stronger. I constantly need Your strength. Let me train my kids to see “blamelessness” and “righteousness” this way, rather than an unachievable, out of reach, lofty goal. Remind us all that most of the people You used in the Bible sought blamelessness rather than simply achieving it. Lord, bless my lunch shift in a way that I – even I – could not fathom today. Grant favor with my guests and with my employers, and lavish Your grace upon us. Heal my wife’s heart. Heal my Gem’s insecurities. Heal my “efficiency.” Bless my wife today – to overflowing – to tears.