September 24, 2020
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
This passage tells us a wise man fears. The real question is what does he fear? A wise man has his confidence in God, so I doubt he fears evil. My guess is that he fears the consequences of evil. A large bee hive can look similar to a pinata. It may even be fun to try to hit like a pinata. However, the consequences of hitting it far outweigh the fun involved. They can be fatal. A wise man looks past the sin and sees the potential consequences. His response is to depart from it.
The second part of the verse tells us that a fool rageth. The word rageth means he doesn’t fear God or man. He does what he wants confidently. He not only doesn’t regard Godly advice he rejects it. Proverbs 22:3 says, “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” There are always consequences for sin. We may not see them instantly, but sin always produces death of some kind.
In lives do we think sin is no big deal? De we continue down the path of disobedience without thinking of the consequences. Let’s ask God for wisdom to help us to see, understand and avoid the dangers of sin in our lives today.