Book: Proverbs 16
“By fearing the Lord, people avoid evil.”
Another way of saying this proverb is, “If you want to avoid evil, fear the Lord.” Having a reverence for Him that influences your actions will keep you doing what is right and honorable. Fearing the Lord requires us to walk with Him, humbly. Micah 6:8 says “O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
I enjoy going for an hour or more walk by myself as this is a focused time I can spend with God. Other than seeing a few other people out for their walks it is just me and God. I like to spend the first part of my walk just praising and worshiping Him. But there are times when I rush right into what is on my heart. I will pour out my heart telling Him the issue, the need and my thoughts on the issue. This can go on for 30 minutes and finally I start to repeat what I have already said. It is at that point it is like the Lord says, “Steve, are you finished? Are you ready to listen to me now?” Then I realize that God has been patiently listening and waiting to speak into my life. I think, “I have wasted so much time doing the talking instead of listening.” I have to humble myself and receive from Him instead of talking. The next part of the walk is usually incredible as He brings verses and thoughts to my mind and heart.
As we walk with the Lord we are fearing Him, listening and obeying. He then is able to keep us from doing that which we shouldn’t do.
How does fearing the Lord/walking with the Lord work in your life? How has this kept you from evil? How will you walk with the Lord/fear the Lord today?