Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. -Proverbs 3:7 NIV
The world today values personal effort and applauds those who are “self-made.” Scripture corrects this tendency toward self-elevation in Romans 12:3: “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought.” Proverbs 3:7 gives a similar warning against being deceived into believing wisdom comes as a result of your own efforts.
The truth is that any time you exalt yourself, you are no longer wise, but are living a life of foolishness…a scary thought! The remedy to this attitude is in the second half of this verse… “Fear the Lord”. But this must be more than mere words. True ‘fear of the Lord’ will result in a change of lifestyle where you value what He values, and reject what He rejects, regardless of your desires or feelings.
Verse 8 is the promise that “this will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones” A lifestyle of this type will be physically healthier and your spirit can be refreshed, strong and constantly nourished because you have chosen to honor the Lord with your whole body.
- Pray for God’s wisdom to see evil and the strength to turn away.
- Pray for a godly view of yourself as a beloved child of God who is completely dependent on Him for life, strength & wisdom.