“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” (Prov. 3:7)
Here’s a riddle for you. A man is walking down the road. There are no lights, no moon, and he is dressed in all black. A car drives down the same road. The car has no lights on, yet the driver swerves and misses the man at the last second. How did the driver see him?
Don’t overthink it. It’s simple…it happened during daylight!
God never intended for the Christian life to be complicated, but man often tries to over-think the Christian life and make it more difficult than it should be.
In our verse this morning, God makes it really simple for us. He says to us that living the Christian life is as simple as this: “Be not wise in thine own eyes.” In other words, don’t be so full of pride that you think YOU have all the answers. The reason many are not reading and studying the Bible daily is because they don’t feel they need God’s wisdom. They are “wise in [their] own eyes.”
“So how do we not become wise in our own eyes,” you ask? He tells is in the rest of the verse.
FIRST—Fear the Lord.
To fear the Lord means to serve Him with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:28 says it this way, “..let us…serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:” The Psalmist put it this way in Psalm 33:8, “Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.”
SECOND—Depart from evil.
The second way to avoid becoming wise in your own eyes is by departing from evil. That is pretty self-explanatory. It means to run from sin as quickly as it appears.
Don’t over-think the Christian life, just live in awe of God and depart from evil and you will be a success!