Solomon teaches us the way of the fool: tears down his or her own house, full of pride, does not have knowledge, is deceitful, mocks at sin, rages and is quick tempered, self-confident, pours forth foolishness, and despises father and mother. 😳 From the mouth of Mr. T, “I pity the fool”. (surely I wasn’t alone in that thought)
Ok. So, left to our own devices we would all be fools. Solomon knows this and that is why he says 2 times in today’s reading, “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death”. (Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25) Wisdom comes from the Lord. But see, no one is going to seek the Lord’s wisdom unless they understand their desperate need.
We are all born sinners deserving death since the fall in the garden with Adam and Eve. Paul explains this in Hebrews 2:1-5 “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” However, the Lord provides a way to give us wisdom and make us righteous through His Son. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.”
So apart from the Lord we are dead, walking in the ways of evil. The only way to walk in the way of wisdom and truth is to walk in the way of the Lord. A wise person does not trust his own thoughts and ways but seeks instruction from God through His Word and time in prayer.
Solomon says in order to guard our thoughts we should commit our lives to serving God. “Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.” Paul will say later in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will”. The renewal of our mind and thoughts comes through time spent in His Word, time spent in prayer, and time spent with others walking with the Lord.
With that said, let’s keep reading!