Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.
A Healthy Fear
and a Health Hate
A healthy respect for God means a total disrespect for wickedness. To be wise is to have a healthy respect for The Lord. A foolish man loathes correction and knowledge. He doesn't want anyone telling him what to do or have any authority over his life. A wise man wants to know what is right. A fool wants to do what pleases himself.
In our lives it is a good practice to access ourselves often. We need to look to see whether we are walking towards a life of foolishness or walking towards wisdom. Be careful if you think you are wise... so do many fools. This verse echoes one of the very first things that Proverbs tells us in Chapter 1:7"fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction." Let us have a healthy fear of God and may we hate folly.