March 18: Wisdom= Shun evil

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.  This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3:7-8

“Fear the Lord.”  There is a sense in which we want to be aware of God’s power and we might be afraid of him, but that’s not the primary use of the term “fear” that we see in the book of Proverbs.  We don’t need to be afraid that God is going to send lightening bolts to zap us.  We don’t need to be looking over our shoulder afraid of what God might do to us next.  He already punished Jesus for our wrongs, and doesn’t need to get us again.

Fear is used in another sense like the word honor or revere.  We are to respect God in the deepest way.  You might be nervous and even trembling to meet a favorite star athlete.  You might get sweaty palms and stumble over your words if you got to meet the President.  It’s that type of fear that Proverbs 3 expresses.  Approach God with reverence because of His importance in your life.  Placing God in that spot in your life is a step toward living wise!

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