Covering almost 5 chapters at once seems pretty daunting, but there is a reason why I want to cover that much in one post. You see, reading through the book you start to see the idea of wisdom unfold in practical ways, but in contrast you also learn more about foolishness and why it should be avoided.
These verses remind us that there are two paths you can take in life: Wisdom or Folly. And they are both calling out to us. Folly is described as calling out like a sinful man or adulterous woman whereas Wisdom is calling out as a fresh stream of cool water or the warmth of the morning sun.
Throughout the entire Bible, God is lovingly trying to guide us through life as a parent who wants the best for His children. Right now there are times when I must correct my toddler. His punishment might look like time away from television or separation from his toys or something little like that, but as a 2-year old it seems like the end of the world. We aren’t too far removed from that when God tries to discipline us.
But it’s not just about discipline. I want my son to learn how to do things correctly so he doesn’t have to face consequences later. I want him to learn not to hit others and to remember to ask for permission. I want to guide him through new scenarios so he can learn what is right before he can develop wrong habits.
That’s how God designed it for us. He’s not watching us from afar waiting for us to fail so He can ZAP us like some people believe. He’s right here with us wanting the best for us by teaching and training us to live wisely. Being wise helps us to live well. And yet so many people choose the path of foolishness because it’s disguised as a good time. Compare the differences between foolishness and wisdom directly from Proverbs 1-5
Looking at these lists, it’s easy to see who the clear winner is. Yet we are often tempted to act foolishly. To follow our pride and be led astray. That’s why it’s important to discern the differences. To seek out wisdom. To lead in truth.
What can you do today to be wise?