Teaching People the Good and Right Way

Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:  Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all you heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.  But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed,  both ye and your king.

I Samuel 12:23-25

If we are Christians, we should be striving to “teach people the good and right way”.  If we have found that way ourselves, we owe it to the world around us to try to teach them the same way.  Samuel here says that he is going to teach the people the good and right way.  And his instruction comes down to two simple points:

1. Fear the Lord
-Proverbs says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of both knowledge and wisdom.  If we have a proper fear of the Lord, the other things in our lives are going to start falling into place.  If we fear Him, we are going to want to follow Him.  If we fear Him, we are not going to want to sin against Him.

2. Serve Him in truth with all your heart.
-Our service to the Lord will naturally flow out of a healthy fear of Him.  Those are the two key components of “the good and right way”.  Fearing Him and serving Him.  Are we doing both today?  If we are not doing both, two remedies are also found in this verse: 1) We need to remember what the Lord has done for us.  Remembering His sacrifice for us and Him mercy and grace to us should help us to fear Him and serve Him.  and 2) If we do wickedly, we will be consumed.  If remembering His goodness doesn’t drive us to repentance and obedience, remembering His holiness and His judgement of sin will bring us to Him.

Fear Him and serve Him.  Are we doing those things and walking in the good and right way?

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for sharing His word and teaching us about the good and the right way. 🙂 There was something that I learned about fearing Him from a book called The Genesis Process by Michael Dye. He said that God showed him that what we fear controls us. So, that helped him to understand fearing God, because He is Who we can trust to be in control of us. He will not harm us or lead us to destruction the way our other fears may. 🙂 God bless you as you fear and serve Him! deb


    • Thank you for the encouragement. That’s a good point and I don’t think I had ever really thought of it that way- “what we fear controls us”. I want to fear Him and follow Him!


  2. I agree…to fear the Lord, and to serve Him in truth are two things that the hidden man of the heart strives to do. I really like what the two comments above say. I have never read that book, but what you both said is a great illustration of Philippians 2:12-13.


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