March 21: 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

One of the best ways to shun evil is to pray against it.  In the Small Catechism section on the Lord’s Prayer Martin Luther says it this way:  “God’s will is done when He breaks and hinders every evil plan and purpose of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature which do not want us to hallow God’s name or let His kingdom come.”

When we pray, “Thy will be done,” we are saying that we are not wise ourselves, but placing ourselves in an important position with respect to God: below Him.  Just as Jesus prayed, “Thy will be done,” in the garden of Gethsemane and allowed His father’s wisdom to lead Him we can pray that God’s will would be done in our lives.

Spend some time today praying for God’s will to be done.  You’ll be fearing the Lord and shunning evil all at the same time!


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