Google+ 06/08/13 Fear God, not Evil!!!

Proverbs 3:5-7


Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
    Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.


The wisdom of Solomon is often quoted by both Christians and non-Christians.  Today's Scripture passage is a perfect example of this wisdom.  Solomon tells us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts.  While we all profess this trust, our actions often do not reflect it.  When considering God's will, we often become disobedient because of our uncomfortablity with our perceived results of following the will of God.  We end up doing exactly what Solomon tells us not to do, which is depending on our own understanding.  As Jesus ascended to heaven, God sent us the Holy Spirit to help us seek God's will and follow the correct path.  For the second time in a three-sentence passage, Solomon warns us to not be impressed with our own wisdom.  Our understanding of situations will never be the same as God's.  That is why we must trust Him completely.  Solomon finishes with an admonition that creates another Christian paradox.  He tells us that we should fear God.  We modern-day Christians do not like to talk about fearing God.  We like to talk about God's love, mercy, grace, and peace.  Like history, we have trouble not repeating our bad choices.  It troubles me that we labeled a terrible military conflict as World War l.  Obviously, we had World War ll and have opened the door for World War lll and so on.  By affixing these labels, we indicate we are expecting history to repeat itself.  While war sometimes becomes necessary, it is far better to eliminate the cause for war before it happens.  Our lives are the same.  If we fear God and the consequences of disobedience, we will stop our bad choices.  Let's listen to the Holy Spirit.  Solomon ties our fear of God to our ability to turn away from evil.  Let's trust in the Triune God completely, even when our own "wisdom" might say different.  Our trust in God will eliminate any power that evil could have over us. Then we can embrace what Solomon tells us to do, which is, "Fear God, not Evil.