“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8
The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (See Proverbs 9:10.) Not only will it keep you out of sin, it will also keep you out of sickness and disease!
What does it really mean to fear the Lord? In Deuteronomy 5:29 wn find the answer when God, Who is expressing His desire for the people of Israel, says, “Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!” Here we learn that the fear of the Lord will cause you to obey His commandments.
Sadly, the majority of people do not fear God. They would rather do what seems right to them than submit themselves to obeying God’s laws. Proverbs 21:2 says, “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts.” This is exactly what the scripture means when it warns, “Be not wise in your own eyes.” It doesn’t matter if you think it is right; all that matters is if God thinks it is right. If God does not say it is right, then it is WRONG!
Years ago I heard a minister say, “God is not anti-fun, He is anti-pain.” In other words, God’s commandments are given for our protection and blessing. They are not designed to take away the enjoyment of life, but to ensure that we enjoy life to its full!
The consequences of living life “your way” are devastating! Not only will the end result be an eternity separated from God, but sin also opens you up for sickness and disease to attack your physical body. However, Proverbs 3:7-8 says that if you depart from evil, “It will be health to your flesh.”
Prayer: Lord, please grant me a heart that fears You and obeys Your commandments. I thank You for promising me health for my body.