The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; 

fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7, RSV 

 

Throughout the book of Proverbs, we have seen several prominent themes. Throughout this inspired book, Solomon continually compares wisdom to foolishness. He continually shows that wisdom has its source in God, while foolishness has its source in worldly men. Through inspiration, Solomon continually shows that God's wisdom is superior to man's wisdom.

 

And, from the very beginning, he tells us to choose!

 

As you have read through this book you have likely noticed the contrasts and comparisons that God has given when it comes to those who are wise and those who are foolish. And though God never hides the fact that the wise man will have to make some difficult decisions that will pit him against the popular fool, He also clearly shows that the wise man will stand with God will stand to the very end.

 

There is one more theme that should be evident to us all: God wants us to choose! He wants us to choose between right and wrong, between wisdom and foolishness, and between good and evil. If we choose the path of the fool, we will find ourselves in direct opposition to God,. but if we choose the wise path, we will find ourselves on God's side and will therefore enjoy God's protection. One path leads to life, and one path leads to death.

 

Which path will you choose?

 

"I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life that you and your descendants may live."

the words of Moses, as recorded in Deuteronomy 30:19, RSV

 

Today is the 28th day of the 30 day challenge to read through the Old Testament books of wisdom, with Proverbs 25-31 being the reading for today. May God richly bless you as you seek and choose His wisdom over the foolishness of men!