Be careful how you live. 32For waywardness kills the simple, and the complacency of fools destroys them; [Proverbs 1:32] Be careful how you live, Seek after wisdom. [Proverbs 1:33] 33but those who listen to me will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.” Be careful how you live. We went over this last week don’t lie don’t steal don’t get angry with one another don’t do malicious things to one another don’t have hate for one another always we need to be forgiving we need to build people up not tear them down we need to imitate God walking in love not hatred all these things we know we are supposed to do we know we’re supposed to live carefully. Still it’s quite easy to walk carefully and be foolish. Listen to what Paul tells us 15 Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Not only must we be careful in how we live we must do so with wisdom. We must be careful with the time that we are given for it is short, on this earth we are given only a short time to do what we have been created to do, a very short time to do the will of God. Because the days are evil what did Paul mean the days are evil, consider this we all watch the news we all see the crime on TV we hear about the evil in the world. Think about it 50 years ago, just 50 years ago you would never, never hear curse words on TV or in public for that matter you would never have seen nudity on TV, pornography was this horrible thing known only in back rooms and under teenage boys’ mattresses. Now thanks to the Internet it’s everywhere it’s available to anyone 6 to 66. The Internet has ushered in an age of great knowledge but not all of that knowledge is good, our society now uses the Internet for great evil and that evil has become the dominant force in our society if you are wondering let me confirm for you the evil days are not just then they are here now, our children grow up with pornography with drugs with alcohol they grow up self-serving self-righteous. Little children grow up thinking that it’s OK to curse their parents it’s OK to have sex out of wedlock it’s OK not to get married it’s OK not to go to church it’s, it’s OK not to believe in God, it’s OK to be greedy to be gluttonous to be foolish because when you get right down to it that’s all evil is it’s being foolish. 17 So do not be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is. The Will of the Lord is to seek after wisdom 20 Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice. 21At the busiest corner she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: 22“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? [Proverbs 1:20-22] Nothing makes the Lord happier then when we seek after wisdom.
All we have to do is look at Solomon the wisest man on earth granted his wisdom by God, listen to this 7 “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties I think this is one of the greatest verses in scripture, I believe that if we all could come to God humbly and speaking the truth Father I am only a small child I do not know you’re will for me and I seek your will father, how much that would change the world, how much that would change us our hearts as Christians just that simple act to trust and love as a small child trusts their parents to make things right to show them in love how it’s done, Amen. Solomon had it right, and he continues to seek God in humility, he says, 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” Solomon asked for wisdom, not for long life or health or wealth but for a small thing, discernment, the ability to know right from wrong and to apply that discernment equally, justly, wisely. 10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. 14 And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” God tells us to seek her out she’s in the streets in the square, she’s in your home everywhere you look there is wisdom to be found but you must look for it, you must seek it out. Contrary to popular belief one does not gain wisdom with age. Neither is wisdom a product of intelligence. 4if you seek it like silver, and search for it as for hidden treasures— 5then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 6For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly, 8guarding the paths of justice and preserving the way of his faithful ones. What is wisdom and why is it so hard to find?
Let me give you a small example, this story is from an unknown author and appropriately titled The Wise Woman’s Stone A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. “I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me something more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone. What is wisdom? Is it giving up what is most precious to you, simply to make another happy, or is it realizing that what you thought was the most precious thing in the world was only a colored stone. Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice? 2On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; 3beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries out: 4“To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live. [Proverbs 8:1-4] Wisdom is not readily attainable, but she is there for all who seek her. 17 So do not be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, 20 giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord despises drunkenness and debauchery not because wine is evil or wicked but when it is taken too far and it descends to drunkenness, debauchery is not far away and that opens the door for evil to come in, again we’re dealing with Satan and the dude wants us drunk, he wants us insecure, boastful, full of ourselves, because if we are full of ourselves we are not full of the Holy Spirit and God would have us filled with the Holy Spirit rather than wine. He wants our songs and our hearts, He wants us to come to Him Joyfully singing, with wisdom, and in love, giving thanks in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. The other guy he wants us hungover watching porn and cursing the Lord. So, what’s it going to be wisdom or foolishness? Solomon said it best in the opening verses of proverbs, 7The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Be careful how you live.