“My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.
11 If they say, “Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for innocent blood, let’s ambush some harmless soul;
12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;
14 cast lots with us; we will all share the loot”—
15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;
16 for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.
17 How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it!
18 These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves!
19 Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.” Proverbs 1:10-19
Mama always told me that if I hung out with the wrong people, I would be like them. How true her words were. I watched her warning come to pass in seasons of my life.
There were years when overwhelming loneliness and wanting to fit in trumped reality. I allowed myself to look the other way and align with people who did not have my best interests at heart. Instead of them wearing masks, though, I put masks on them. Tricking myself to think that they were sent to me by God. I worked hard to disguise the truth; believing that their friendship would fill that emptiness so deep inside my soul. I overlooked their weaknesses and their wayward ways. But it was the true state of things that actually existed that eventually caught up with me. Verse 18 above states, “These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves!” This is so true. I just set myself up for big-time failure.
Wisdom in all its glory, alerts us to what is hiding in plain sight. As I walk through this book, I realize that if we align God’s word with everything and everyone, our life will benefit. Stress will dissipate, peace will take over. You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you are in the midst of a ‘not good decision’. Well, wisdom doesn’t allow that to happen. Living in wisdom actually allows us to live longer and healthier lives.
As my days in front of me are shorter than the ones behind, my heart’s desire is to wear wisdom like a beautiful garment. Not caring if I fit in. Instead, caring that the pieces of my life’s puzzle fit properly. To make a beautiful picture and walk in the life that God had talked with me about while I was in the womb. Oh, what freedom having wisdom brings. And, in the true nature of God, a Father that loves this daughter unconditionally, He has sent me friends that are on the same path. As for me and my house, seeking wisdom will cover the rest of my days.
Creatively His, Sue:)