Proverbs 14: King James Bible
A Wise Man Feareth – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fourteen, Verse 16
16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – A Wise Man Feareth
On the surface, verse 16 of this 14th chapter of Proverbs may appear to be contrary to many of the verses concerning “fear,” that we find through the pages of the New Testament. But when we take a moment to concentrate a little, we can see that the verse isn’t talking about fearing evil at all.
The wise man that feareth, isn’t in fear of evil, but is rather in fear of the Lord. This is another way of saying, “A wise man honors the Father, and departs from evil.” The word fear in this verse, isn’t being used as another way to describe terror, but honor and reverence.
It only makes sense, because without the fear of the Lord, there is no beginning of wisdom. As the scriptures tell us, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Without that, you do not have any earthly reason to depart from evil, and will tend to continue in it.
Those who have no fear, or rather, respectful reverence for the Father, will inevitably land in the second half of the verse above as the fool. The fool continues on in evil ways without repent, because in their minds, there is nothing to repent of, nor anyone to repent toward.
There is a carnal freedom that comes from a lack of belief in the Father and his Word. As you’ll find in any satanic work,”Do what thou wilt,” describe the liberties being taken. They’ll rage against anything that pertains to the Lord, with great confidence and pride.
But tragically, their end without the Lord Jesus Christ is sure. And a day will come, where they will be forced to stand before their God, and give an account for all that they’ve said or done, without the saving grace of Christ Jesus. Tragic isn’t a strong enough word for their end.
The wise depart from evil. Not because they’re afraid of the Lord’s punishment, though that is a fine reason “not” to anything. But rather, out of love for him.
I depart from evil because I don’t want to disappoint my Heavenly Father. I depart from evil, because the Lord’s ways are greater. I depart from evil, because life in general works out for the better as is his plan, not the worse. I depart from evil because Biblically, it’s simply the right thing to do, and his Word is sure.
All of the reasons above (and there could be many more), are out of a reverent fear of our Heavenly Father. Deciding not doing things, out of dread of the Lord, is void of any love for the Father. Even further, it shows others that it’s evidence of being in the hands of an angry God, rather than the love of the Father.
This isn’t what we see in the Lord Jesus throughout the Gospels, nor is that the way Jesus is today. Do what you do as unto the Lord, and abstain from doing evil because it pleases him. He is a loving Father, and cares enough to have died in our stead. Shouldn’t we feel stirred up enough, to just do what he says?
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 10: King James Bible
28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Luke 1: King James Bible
50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
Luke 12: King James Bible
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Acts 9: King James Bible
31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
Romans 8: King James Bible
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
2 Corinthians 7: King James Bible
1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2 Timothy 1: King James Bible
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Hebrews 13: King James Bible
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
1 John 4: King James Bible
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Thank you so much for all that you’ve done, all that you’ve shown, all that you’ve given, and all that you’ve sown. Shine your light abroad in our hearts Father, to root out anything that may be hiding, shrouding itself in darkness. Let us not behave or do things foolishly, but cause for us to be wise in you, and lead us always to your good pleasure. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
In which have you found yourself spending the most time; being a wise man/woman that feareth, or a raging confident fool?