Within this passage of Proverbs, Wisdom is portrayed as a person to give us a better image of how much she wants us to follow God’s way of wisdom. She sets a perfect table of good food and asks us to her great home to live with her. Within this context is Proverbs 9:6, “Leave your simple ways and live, and walk in the way of insight.”
As God’s beloved children, He desires His best for us up to and including sacrificing His Son, Jesus, so we could attain eternal life in Heaven. He wants us to live life abundantly and be able to do all that He has planned for us to do from the beginning of time. However, if we are unwilling to give up our old fleshly patterns of doing things, we will not get to experience all that God truly has in store for us as believers.
Leave your simple ways. No, God doesn’t want us to try to find the hardest route to the grocery story. He wants us to put behind us our old flesh and old lives and old ways of doing things that are contrary to His wishes for us. For myself, this often comes in the form of pride. It is easy for me to fall into the trap of feeling proudful simply because I was blessed with a Christian upbringing. This leads me to looking down on others rather than having a humble, servant heart. Pray and ask God to reveal to you all the “simple” or foolish ways that are still harbored in your heart and life. He will reveal them to you as you study His word and spend quiet time with Him. God delights to help His children remove the barriers that distract from Himself!
Live. So often Christians are accused of simply being against things in today’s world. They are against sex outside marriage, they are against abortion, they are against drinking, they are against, against, against! While we are called to take a stand as believers and say no to what God says no to in His Word, we are also called to say yes to what God says Yes to! For believers, this can even look like highlighting the opposite of our Nos-for instance, God does say yes to sex within marriage between a man and a woman and He wants to bless marriages that honor Him. Highlight that by the way you live life with your spouse! Highlight the importance of all life in how your treat and respond to your children. When Christians live a set apart, holy lifestyle, it will draw questions but it will also be shining the light of Jesus to a dark and hurting world.
Walk in the way of insight. Have you ever felt like you needed to check your brain at the door to be a Christian? Perhaps you have felt that faith couldn’t mix with reasoning and sound thought. It is the exact opposite of that! God wants us to love Him with all our hearts, all our strength, and all our mind. I love that! Speaking as a person who loves the academic side of life in any aspect, I am particularly grateful that God gives us His blessing to think and reason and process thoughts about Him and about the world around us. This means we can study Scripture to gain insights into God’s truth and love and apply that to our lives. We “walk” in the light of what we learn from spending time with God and His Word.
Today my prayer is that you continue to seek out God and the wisdom He gives so that you may live life fully and abundantly for Him.
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