Turn Your Foot from Evil
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
turn your foot away from evil.
Complete this sentence: “The best way for me to mature in Christ is to ______.” Many (if not most) followers of Christ, I suspect, would say something like, “pray more consistently,” “read and study Scripture,” or “be more fully devoted to the Lord.” Good things all. But Solomon might say, “Good . . . but not enough.” “Necessary” (as we say) “but not sufficient.” On the journey of growth in Christ, what lack we yet?
What we lack is a wholesome hatred of evil. Solomon talks about it constantly: 1:15; 2:12; 3:7; 4:14-15; 5:8; 6:24; 7:25; 9:6; etc., etc. Fear the Lord (3:7), yes, by all means, for the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (1:7)—but complete the project of godliness. Fear the Lord, yes, but also turn away from evil (3:7). Thus did God Himself praise Job! He fears God and turns away from evil (Job 1:8; 2:3).
The world tends to define us by our “don’t’s.” Christians (they think) are joyless renunciators—dour prudes, famous only for what they avoid. And some Christians give that impression, having forgotten (if they ever knew) that knowing God is life eternal and full (John 10:10; 17:3). But there is some vital truth in what the skeptics say, for Jesus came, as Paul says it, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions (Tit. 2:12). Jesus came in no small part to teach us to turn from evil and enjoy the life that God intends for us.
Here’s a suggestion. Pick a sin, any sin—maybe your own “besetting sin” (Heb. 12:1). Now list the negatives. What’s the payback for that sin? Then list the positives. What’s the benefit for turning away? You might be surprised—and encouraged to turn your foot away from evil.
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts! Let me not turn aside to crooked ways (Ps. 125:4-5).
Share This Post