“Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD and shun evil.”
The only one with complete knowledge and total understanding is God. He is also the only one who has total and absolute power and authority.
As Christians therefore our starting point must always be with God and in our having a very healthy respect for Him. As the Psalmist says,
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10)
It follows then that whatever the Lord says needs to be taken seriously. What He calls evil is, therefore, evil and should be shunned. What He calls good is good, and should be embraced. God does not adjust His opinions and values on the basis of our debates, desires and decrees. The Gospels and Epistles have some very clear teaching on Christian living to which we need to adapt our living. They are there for our guidance and to prevent us from falling into the trap of our own reasoning and desires.
The Message puts it very helpfully his way.
“Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to GOD! Run from evil!”
Do a faith check this weekend to see where you might be casual, ignorant or worldly in your attitude to life and to the Lord.
Holy Spirit please lead me deeper into the truth – and draw me closer to the Lord in thought, word and deed. Amen.