The way of wisdom is the best way, but tempters will enter our lives to attempt to draw us into the path of sin and destruction. Over and over again, Proverbs has called out to us that God’s ways are always best and given us many reasons why. Today we are told that wisdom will be “pleasant to our soul” and will “preserve” us and “keep” us safe (Proverbs 2:10-11). The way of wisdom is for our good. Yet two strong forces of evil will attempt to trick us into giving up wisdom for a life of folly and sin. First, there is the way of the crooked man – dishonesty, stealing, violence, and other crimes. He tempts us to go for easy money and power by compromising on God’s standards (vv. 12-15). For you right now, that might mean taking shortcuts with school assignments or chores at home and deceiving your teachers, friends, and parents with “small” lies. Later on, the crooked man’s path will be sin in your work and finances where getting caught could send you to prison or at least cost you your job and home. The second line of temptation we will face is from the immoral woman, or people who try to lure us into sexual sin (vv. 16-19). That includes assaults on our purity from media all around us (televisions, movies, Internet, etc.), which first hits us as teenagers but unfortunately continues to bombard us as mature adults. But it also includes the original application of this text – real people trying to lead us into sinful relationships: immorality if we are single (sex outside of marriage) or adultery (cheating on spouses) if we are married. This area of sin can hurt your future marriage and family as well as your walk with Christ.
We must actively fight and run from these two common areas of temptation and stay on the course of wisdom. We want to stay in God’s Word and keep letting the Holy Spirit use the Scripture to guide our thoughts, desires, and decisions. We must choose to believe that God’s way of wisdom, the way of “goodness” and “righteousness,” really is best (v. 20). We must continually be reminded by the Bible, prayer, and fellowship with other strong Christians that God’s road leads to life, but the way of foolishness and sin, no matter how fun and easy it might seem, always leads to death (vv. 22-22). Read God’s Word below yourself and be reminded to stay the course today.
The Text (Proverbs 2:10-22)
10 When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
11 Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you,
12 To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things,
13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoice in doing evil, And delight in the perversity of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked, And who are devious in their paths;
16 To deliver you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words,
17 Who forsakes the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God.
18 For her house leads down to death, And her paths to the dead;
19 None who go to her return, Nor do they regain the paths of life—
20 So you may walk in the way of goodness, And keep to the paths of righteousness.
21 For the upright will dwell in the land, And the blameless will remain in it;
22 But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.
Questions to Think About
- What are the greatest areas of temptation that you are facing right now? What Bible passages or verses can help you to think biblically about these potential sins and how to resist them and pick God’s better way instead?
- Have you ever found yourself drifted off course in your life as a Christian? What happened? What brought you back on track?