Pr. 27:12: “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished.”
Prudent: careful, cautious, discreet, sober. the ability to govern & discipline oneself by the use of reason. acting with or showing care & thought for the future.
Understanding that Jesus came to save us from eternal death and torment, (Thank you, Pastor) it is wise for us to hide ourselves from evil. You may think of evil as some hidden force around us, over which we have no control. However, there are many evils that we can foresee and from which we can hide ourselves.
We understand that drugs are an evil that can eventually rule us, therefore it is prudent to keep ourselves away from those who would persuade us that doing drugs is no big deal, from those who would like to make money by selling us drugs, and from situations where drugs are readily available and given a place of prominence.
Likewise, we understand that committing adultery or having sex before we are married are things that can be prevented. Foreseeing the evil, we can take measures to prevent ourselves from creating the opportunity for such things. Instead of thinking “simply” and allowing ourselves to be alone with someone we’re attracted to, allowing ourselves to have private conversations with someone other than our spouse, or allowing ourselves to push the bounds with someone physically, we can prudently place boundaries around us to prevent those situations.
Not only do we have authority over evil, through Jesus, but God gives us much wisdom. We are not at the mercy of satan or the evil that is around us. We are able to perceive evil situations and prevent ourselves from being overtaken by them. By placing wise boundaries in our lives, carefully and cautiously governing ourselves, or acting with thought for the future, we can hide ourselves from the evil that would seek to lead us to ultimate punishment.
Perhaps you need to end a relationship, find a new job, take a different route to the gym, join a new gym, shop at another store, find a whole new set of friends, or find accountability partners. Whatever you have to do to hide yourself from evil…do it! Don’t be simple and continue “flirting” with the evil situations that loom around you. Don’t think that you just need to be stronger. With your future in mind, hide yourself, remove yourself, protect yourself.
We cannot allow satan to distract us or lead us down paths that will lead to the punishment from which Jesus saves. Our God died so that we can live. Be prudent. Be cautious. Be careful. With our minds on our future…meaning eternal life…we must keep ourselves from evil. Our salvation was bought at a high price, let’s not treat it as something worthless.