We should all learn wisdom and grow in maturity. It can only make us a better person. I want to be wiser, but I also know that I have to seek it to obtain it.
Wisdom Can Come From Others
Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
They will be a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck. (NIV)
Let’s make it personal. What does it mean when you dress up for a party, put on a special suit or piece of jewelry, or wear a family heirloom? Write down how you feel and how you want others to see it on us.
When our parents have wisdom, there is nothing so desirable than to have that wisdom shared with us. That is where much of the problems begin — when we as parents do not have the needed wisdom for ourselves and the children that we are raising. Our children should willingly look toward us for guidance and advice — not dread waiting for us to butt in and boss us around.
I just talked with my twenty-five year old daughter on this topic. Parents and elders might have good info, but too many times they don’t use wisdom to know when to speak and keep quiet. They take from these verses that they are to tell all the younger ones what to do and how to do it. But if you read all of Proverbs, you realize that knowing info doesn’t mean sharing it. It has to be shared when God wants it shared and in the way he wants it.
My son, if sinners entice you,
do not give in to them.
If they say, “Come along with us;
let’s lie in wait for someone’s blood,
let’s waylay some harmless soul;
let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
we will get all sorts of valuable things
and fill our houses with plunder;
throw in your lot with us,
and we will share a common purse”- (NIV)
Let’s make it personal again. When have you given into peer pressure? What happened? What could have been different if you had ignored them?
This does not have to be taken literally to be applied to your life. When you are enticed into difficult situations, they don’t always say it so bluntly as to what they plan on doing. Sometimes people are more subtle and devious on what they plan. They don’t have to plan on murder for us to apply these verses. In place of that, you can use gossip, lies, stealing, or any other action against another man. The end result of many of these actions seem to be worth it as you can possibly gain money, fame, possessions, and other desired. But at what price?
Shared Sin Isn’t Any Better
my son, do not go along with them,
do not set foot on their paths;
for their feet rush into sin,
they are swift to shed blood. (NIV)
To shed blood, to ruin a reputation, to take other’s possessions, to do anything like that in sinful. Don’t follow those that ask you to participate in ANY sinful activity. Don’t join them.
Note: What is sin? Many get confused on what this is so don’t know how to apply this to them. Sin is any action that goes against the will of God.
Don’t Be Enticed
How useless to spread a net
in full view of all the birds!
These men lie in wait for their own blood;
they waylay only themselves!
Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain;
it takes away the lives of those who get it. (NIV)
It might sound like a good plan. It might sound foolproof. But in the end, the evil ones will hurt themselves. It might not happen immediately. It might not happen tomorrow. But it is their lives that are harmed as a result. Always remember that when it sounds so good to talk about your co-worker, not tell the cashier that she gave you five dollars too much, or “forget” to pass on a message. In truth, you end up hurting yourself the worse.
Make it Personal:
- Are you easily swayed to follow others no matter what they are doing?
- Are some sins fun?
- How can you avoid the fun sins?