“Don’t turn to the right or to the left;
keep your feet away from evil” (Proverbs 4:27).
Already we have looked at fixing our gaze directly ahead on the path (contentment) and carefully considering the path for your feet (discernment and wisdom). Lastly, we will talk about not wavering and resisting evil.
“Don’t turn to the right or to the left” (Proverbs 4:27a).
God calls for unwavering attention to His word and His commands. He called for that from His chosen people the Israelites, but they often wavered. They were building golden calves while Moses was meeting with the Lord on Mount Sinai, receiving the Ten Commandments. They missed out on the promised land that was promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob because of their fear of the giants in the land. Wavering from the Lord’s commands has been going on since the beginning of time. (See the story of Adam and Eve).
So, how do we not waiver from the path?
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).
Not wavering from the path starts with not wavering on God’s word. We must be committed to storing God’s Word in our hearts. We must be committed to making God’s Word the most important thing in our lives.
Next we must keep our feet away from evil. We must be determined to stay away from evil, at all costs.
“Hate what is evil; cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9).
As believers we must “cling” to what is good and “hate” what is evil. We must be determined to stay away from evil. We must be determined to stay on this path.
But one thing that we all must remember is that we can’t not waver on our own. This is not excuse to try harder, but to surrender. We must surrender before we can be content, and gain discernment and wisdom. If we just try harder we are only becoming a slave of our own morality and own power. If we surrender, we gain freedom.