Proverbs 2:9-15

In Proverbs 2:9-15 Solomon tells us the outcome of what happens if we hear God’s word and obey it.  He uses a very long sentence to capture the impact, because it is broad and deep and wide and matters.  Check out what he says: “Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path”….Wisdom explains a number of different things:

  • Righteousness
  • Justice
  • Equity
  • Every good path

But he continues and defines more about wisdom and understanding….“for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul”.  Solomon mentioned the idea of protection relevant to wisdom. Wisdom gives both pleasure and surefootedness in life. The more wisdom one learns, the more one desires and enjoys it. The protection wisdom gives is that it keeps its follower from making decisions that will later bring only regret. We need God’s protection to gain wisdom, but wisdom also protects us. Understanding will keep you from many foolish and harmful consequences in life.

Solomon goes on to tell us more about this protection….“discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech…” Our fallen nature may be attracted to perverse things, but wisdom will guard us from that path”.  God’s ways watch over us, guard us, and will deliver us if we only listen and obey.  Sin doesn’t have to have it’s way with us.  We can walk victoriously in Jesus. But our fallen nature is not only attracted to what is evil and perverse, it rejoices and delights in it. Sin is such an attractive thing that draws us away from God.

Evil has a way of drawing us in.  “….who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness, who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil, men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways.”  Sin causes shame to be cast away and what is wrong and twisted is celebrated.  The world downplays sin and even makes it appear to be something to be pursued. This celebration of sin is not unique to our world today, but it certainly is a mark of our present age. Wisdom protects us from those who would lead us astray. If we are not protected by wisdom, their sinful ways will come to harm us, and we will suffer from following their sinful character.

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