As a former high school teacher, I learned the importance of reading the body language of my students. When I began to see stares of cluelessness, I knew it was time to slow down and repeat the point I was attempting to make. After attending a seminar as part of continuing education, I adopted a new concept into my classroom. Following a process of nominees, volunteering and voting, each class chose a representative to be the voice. This person helped me comprehend who was lost and what needed more review prior to tests.
And he said to the human race, “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding,” Job 28:28.
In the spiritual realm, God has His own criteria for signs of understanding. Job uses similar language to Solomon in the book of Proverbs, but adds another element at the end. It’s one thing to have knowledge about a topic. Yet, unless you apply what you know it’s meaningless. Thus, the fear of the Lord is displayed when individuals shun evil. According to Job, those who possess understanding steer clear of any traces of evil.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction, Proverbs 1:7.
When I was younger, I often heard parents and teachers repeat the same saying. “If you play with fire long enough, eventually you will get burned.” Based upon the verse above, fools refuse to listen to advice. This leads naive individuals to be scarred by powers of darkness. When evil is not shunned, the judgment of those who play with fire become clouded. In view of this scenario, don’t just know what is right, apply God’s principles by shunning evil.
by Jay Mankus