Devotional

Walk On By

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.” (Proverbs 4:14,15)

Just as we give our hands to do things, we give our eyes to see things and our mind to know things. But there are so many things not worth knowing. God will not close our eyes for us. Trees with forbidden fruit can still be eaten. The Holy Spirit is in every child of God to turn our eyes from beholding vanity; but we must accept His verdict on what is worth “eating” and what should be refused.

Daniel would not defile himself with the king’s meat. Just because you’re offered something doesn’t mean you have to take it. Just because the world gives you permission to know, see, or experience something doesn’t mean you have God’s green light.

We walk in the fear of the Lord when we abhor and depart from the evil the Holy Spirit would alert us to. Sometimes it is as simple as hearing His still, small voice saying: “You don’t need that.” And when we become sensitive to what He would have us go without we can also become sensitive to what He would have us delight in. We learn to choose the good and refuse the evil.

God cares about what we do and say, but He also cares about what we allow our soul to feed on. There are so many things it is better that we don’t know. Some things cannot be “unseen.” They remain seared in our memory and can be pulled up in the future to torment or tempt us. God knows how to keep us, and it is often as simple as receiving His check in our spirit which says: “Don’t go there.”

We do ourselves a great favor when we walk in the fear of the Lord. God is not interested in keeping good things from us; He would keep us from the evil that masquerades as a good. Learn how to say: “Nope. Don’t need that. I’ll pass.” You will be none the poorer for your decision.


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.