“My son…Proverbs 3:5-8
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 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.”
My beloved child,
I never want you to be afraid, but I pray for you to fear the One you trust. Fear in this sense, is a reverence – a deep respect, and a healthy realization of how powerful the Lord is. He holds everything, knows everything, and you cannot fool Him. If you think you’re wise enough to pull the wool over His eyes and get away with sin, you’re not wise at all. Don’t trust yourself to ever be more clever than God.
You’re accumulating knowledge and God is giving you increasing wisdom but know the difference between your thoughts and His. Trust His. Give your whole heart over to what the Lord has to say when you read His Word, converse with Him, and seek counsel from fellow Christians.
As you listen and learn, His plans for you will become clear. But even then, there are several ways to arrive at His will, and if you continue to acknowledge and follow Him, He will lead you on the most direct path to get there. Take His route and you will avoid many potholes and pitfalls along the way.
When you boldly fear the One you trust, it benefits you mentally and physically. Being afraid is a whole different thing, and will have the opposite effect, so be sure to recognize the difference.
There are two forces in this world – good and evil. Be intentional about which you entertain. They are opposing powers and you cannot embrace both. To worship the Lord, you must shun all evil; otherwise, you are divided and not able to wholly submit to the One you trust.
I desperately want to see you healthy and nourished, physically and spiritually. I desire for your every path in life to be straight and sure. I pray you will always fear the One you trust.
You are truly and deeply cared for.
This post is part of a series which was born the day my son moved out of the house. Please read Wait, one more thing! for the backstory.
Another post in this series, which you might enjoy, is Live Long and Prosper.
“Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.”Psalm 34:9