If we don’t fully trust God, we may be reluctant to follow the path He’s chosen for us. Even though He always leads us the right way, our fears or uncertainty could cause us to sidestep His commands and opt for following our own course. But God gives us a warning: “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil” (Prov. 3:7). Let’s look more closely at this verse:
“Do not be wise in your own eyes.” Proverbs 26:12 says, “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” Whenever we choose our own way instead of trusting the Lord, we are playing the fool, and one day we are going to stand before God and give an account for how we lived. But if we’re wise, we’ll seek the Lord, listen to His directions, and trust Him. Since He cannot lie, we know that God will always keep His promises, and whatever He says is true.
“Fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.” To fear God is to recognize and honor Him as not only the sovereign Ruler of the universe, but the Lord and Master of our lives. If we truly believe this, we’ll turn away from sin and seek to live in obedience to Him.
God also tells us our honor and obedience toward Him “will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones” (Prov. 3:8). Every day we are faced with a variety of choices, and what we decide to do is based on whether we believe God—that He has a plan for our lives and has chosen the best possible path for us. If we’re willing to listen and trust Him, we’ll discover that His path leads to healing and refreshment. There will be an underlying sense of peace, assurance, confidence, and satisfaction when we follow Him instead of going our own way.
This article is adapted from the Sermon Notes for Dr. Stanley’s message “The Faith to Follow” which aired this weekend on TV.