Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
For the waywardness of the simpletons will kill them, and the careless ease of fools will destroy them. But the one who listens to me will live in security, and will be at ease from the dread of harm. Proverbs 1.32-33
How easy it is to fool ourselves! Waywardness has the same meaning as disobedience or willfulness. Simpleton means inexperienced. What this verse is saying is that the disobedience of the inexperienced will kill them. Many people have a false sense of security thinking that all is well when nothing could be further from the truth. Wisdom, in this chapter, is referred to in the first person. The one who listens to wisdom will live in security. We do not have to be fearful or full of dread for what the future holds. In James 3.13-17, we read of two types of wisdom: that from above and that which is earthly, natural, demonic. Obviously we do not want to practice the wisdom that is earthly or demonic. James tells us that wisdom brings works done in gentleness. The wisdom from above is pure, peaceable and gentle. If the wisdom that you are practicing brings disorder and evil practices, beware. It is not from above. The neat thing is that God gives wisdom generously to those who ask for it. It is found in his word. May we practice the wisdom which God gives generously to all who ask! Have you asked for wisdom lately?