Do Not Let Your Heart Envy Sinners (Notes on Proverbs)

My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs

The following is an excerpt from the book, My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs.

Do not let your heart envy sinners, but live in the fear of the Lord always” (23:17). There will be times when it seems as though sinners are better off than we are. During these times, we may be tempted to envy them. But we must not do this. As noted in the previous verse, one who fears the Lord is better off than one who does not, regardless of the earthly peace and prosperity enjoyed by the godless person (15:16). The future of the one who fears God is better than the future of the wicked man. Therefore, we must continually live in the fear of God so that we can please Him in all things.

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In the Fear of the Lord There is Strong Confidence (Notes on Proverbs)

My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs

The following is an excerpt from the book, My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs.

In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and his children will have refuge” (14:26). We have already noticed that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” and “wisdom” (1:7; 9:10). As one fears God, grows in knowledge, and gains wisdom, he is able to have “strong confidence” – not in himself, but in God and the divine promises to those who are faithful to Him. This is not arrogance, as some who are over confident in themselves, but rather is the recognition that if one humbly submits to the will of God, he will be rewarded. Furthermore, when one is faithful to God, he will not have a guilty conscience over some hidden sin. He will not be fearfully awaiting the negative consequences that come from wickedness, not knowing when his evil deeds will finally catch up with him. Solomon later writes, “The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, but the righteous are bold as a lion” (28:1). With firm reliance upon God and His promises and providence, the righteous are able to be confident in the face of any situation. The wicked have no such foundation. Therefore, any time there is even the threat of trouble, the wicked man has no one to trust in but himself.

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The Root of the Problem: Chapter 20 – No Fear of God (Excerpt)

The Root of the Problem (cover)What kind of fear should we have of God? Most are quick to answer that this is to be a reverent respect for God. The Hebrew writer spoke of this kind of fear when he said we are to “offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 10:28). Respect for God will cause one to listen to the word of God and seek to do what He says. This type of fear is absolutely necessary.

Yet there is another type of fear that we should not ignore. Fear of God should include respect for Him, but we should remember the terror of God for what He can do to us.

“It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

You can read more about developing a healthy fear of God to help you overcome sin in The Root of the Problem: Why We Sin & How We Can Overcome. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!