Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.Proverbs 3:7,8
What is driving you to do the things that you do? Take a moment and think about the different things you have done so far this week. Some things, or even a lot of things, are simply part of your daily routine but there will also be unplanned activities and spur-of-the-moment ideas. What prompts those things?
There are three driving forces behind every decision – the world, the flesh and the spirit. ‘The world’ is a huge concept to get your head around, so, break it down to something more manageable. For example, something that was happening in your community, something in work or within your family. Was your behaviour influenced by any of these? What about your own desire to do or try something, was it being pushed by the old you or the new you?
There are lots of things that we can justify and think, ‘I don’t see any harm in that’, but just because we don’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there, hence the warning – Be not wise in your own eyes. When we consider things that are ‘evil’, our mind can take us to dark and disturbing places which leads us to believe we don’t do evil things. What if we replaced the word ‘evil’ with something else? What if the verse said, fear the Lord, and turn away from anything that is not of God… that changes things doesn’t it?
Even as Christians, we cannot get away from this sin-shell we live in and the flesh will always be our Achilles’ heel when is comes to wise choices.
We need to battle hard to allow the Spirit to guide our decisions and to be the influence of our behaviour but when we do, it will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.