March 19: 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

 Many people have the impression that Christianity is basically a religion of rules.  Do this, don’t do that kind of stuff.  The prominence of the Ten Commandments in Christian heritage adds to this idea.  “Thou shalt not” rings in the ears of modern Americans and leads people to believe that Christians are primarily concerned with limiting bad behavior.  God is portrayed as a killjoy, and Christians are seen as people who are just against anything fun.

Proverbs 3:7-8 can offer a counter to that perspective.  God’s laws are not given to limit fun, but to enhance life.  Take the 7th commandment as an example.  Thou shall not steal.  A person who doesn’t steal will enjoy a happier and healthier life as a result.  A person who steals will make enemies who want to do them harm, and could end up doing time in prison.  A person who doesn’t steal is free from those problems.  Not stealing is a good thing for them.

Or, look at the sixth commandment about adultery.  It’s not that God wants to keep people from enjoying life.  It’s that having sex with one person whom you are married to is healthier than having multiple partners.  Living life God’s way is literally good for you.  As the Proverb says. “This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”  Live wise, it’s good for you!

 

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