The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way
and the perverted mouth, I hate.
Another Stone volume comes to a close, as does our look at some proverbs in relation to our lives and parenting. Allow one last glimpse into a proverb that captures much of this year’s focus.
I function as a person of lists. Truly, this is more of a disorder than a quality. I am known to pencil in an item on my “to do” list that I’ve just completed, only for the secret thrill of immediately crossing it off. Therapy has not helped.
It occurs to me that in this proverb above, the “evils to avoid” could list into volumes if I began—and those would still not be complete. I believe it is not too simplistic to suggest that a better way is to live in The fear of the LORD, (a grand position) focusing upon Him, His character, attributes, and Word. We can fellowship with Jesus our Savior, who has given us new life and the amazing opportunity to know and serve our Creator, our Kind and Gracious Heavenly Father. With our focus on Him, anything that then surfaces in or around us, foreign to that good, will be abundantly plain.
In other more succinct words, the best way to avoid evil, is to truly come to know God. Seek relationship, not lists.
What a truth to pass to our children: Living for Him is not about checking off righteousnesses; it is about enjoying Him, being simple in what is pleasing to Him, and declining from all that declines my heart from Him.
May Christ, who is the Light, light your way and your home in this season of reflection and joy.