There are many church leaders who would like us to think somewhere along the line of “… if you trust the Lord and ask Him (believing of course) He will absolutely give you what you ask for” and they claim that God is in the business of filling our lives with good things if we will but ask in faith. to try to support this they appeal to many passages of Scripture that, if understood in their twisted fashion, might seem to support this awful idea. Of course, for many of these false teachers there is a catch. You have to demonstrate you “faith” and you can do so by sending them money.
“A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages and is confident.” - Proverbs 14:16 (Cf. 12:15; 22:3).
Solomon is making what, upon reflection on our part, is a very logical and easy to understand point, given that he is speaking to an audience that professed to know the living God. If a man, knowing the Lord, is one who puts that fear into action as a demonstration of the wisdom accrued as a believer who has walked with God.
Departing from evil is a concept that appears frequently in the OT, particularly in the Wisdom literature. Quite naturally, “departing from” speaks of a change of direction or a turn in ones’ path. In certain contexts, it can speak of standing away from, abandoning or desisting from a practice. In this case that context is the practicing of evil, to whatever extent happens to be in mind.
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