Book: Proverbs 14
“Those who follow the right path fear the Lord; those who take the wrong path despise him.”
We live in a culture that prefers to think in shades of gray rather than in black and white. Absolute truths are seen as uncomfortable, judgmental or opinions at best. People will say, “That might be good for you but it isn’t for me”. Gone is the saying, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”
God, the one who created all, who is the source of all wisdom, who is all knowing, who is love, who sent His Son to die that all might have life… says there are only two paths, the right path and the wrong path. There’s no “shades of gray” path as it is actually a wrong path in disguise. That may seem like a strong statement but that is what this verse is saying.
What does it mean to “despise” the Lord? When He is not “master” of our life (the one who we place our life, desires, and passion inline with) then we despise Him. We are not valuing His wisdom, His work, His purpose for us, or His authority over us. Since sin entered the world, this has been a struggle for all human kind except for Jesus Christ, who is perfect. Read what it says in Judges 21:25 “All the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.” Does that sum up where our culture is at today? I encourage you to read all of Judges 5:8-30 but this is what verse 21, “What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and think themselves so clever.”
What does it mean to “fear” the Lord? It means making Him the master of our life. 2 Chronicles 7:11-22 is the encounter King Solomon had with God one night where He explains further what it means to fear the Lord. Verse 14 says, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
I encourage you to honestly answer the question for your own life, “Who is the master of your life, you or God?” Do you do what seems right in your own eyes or do you seek God and follow His perfect truth?