Words from the Heart for Sunday October 15th, 2017
The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.
Proverbs 14:16 (NIV)
A Hotheaded Fool
Have you been counting how many times we find the words “the fear of the Lord” in the Book of Proverbs? Each statement is so very important for us. We benefit from reading it and walking in its truth. The wise are those who fear Him and shun or disregard the “offers” of evil. How different it is with those the scriptures call “fools.” We do not need to be those who are hotheaded and think we know better.
An editorial in the Globe and Mail back in 2013 described Canadians this way: “Canada’s national character is known for certain middle-of-the-road qualities. We get riled up, but we’re not hot-headed. When we get down, we still manage to be optimists. We like to play peacekeeper. We value civility or, more specifically, peace, order and good government. Even the design of our flag speaks to our default disposition – the symbol of our nation set squarely in the middle of two extremes. Perhaps that makes us average.”
I get an email each morning with the local news highlights from the town in which I life. It includes the daily police briefs that chronicle the crimes – almost all petty – committed by the local criminal element. I’m sure that most of these perpetrators feel they will never get caught, which amazes me. But the Bible says this is typical of human nature. Proverbs 14:16 says “The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.” The wisdom of the Bible is eternal. This verse was written millennia ago by King Solomon but it could be in the headlines in our world today. True wisdom begins in recognizing that God is sovereign and we do best when we yield to His reign over our lives. Those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ, through faith in His accomplished work on the cross, desire to shun evil and live to honour the Lord. By so doing we have little to fear. What a contrast to those who have duped themselves into thinking they can live any way they want and will get away with it. They won’t!
These have been words from the heart.