Solomon now begins a powerful section where he compares and contrasts wisdom and folly. Each two line verse can stand alone, but several work together well. The one verse that most caught my attention this morning said this, “the man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.” When a person chooses to walk in rebellion, he is always looking over his shoulder waiting for someone to “catch” him in his sin. The man who chooses to walk closely with God sees life from a completely different perspective, because he is secure in his God and his plan for life. Jesus listed the two greatest commandments that would help us keep the rest. When we love God with all our hearts, souls, and minds and love our neighbor as ourselves, we will keep the law and honor God in the process. We will also be comfortable in our own skin and in the place where He currently has us. It is not about getting away with something; it is about honoring God in all that we do. Do you see why peace reigns in the heart of the righteous? Do you understand why wisdom is such a vital part of our lives? We need Yahweh’s direction as we live and as we love. Temptation tries to draw us away, but that person of integrity is going to fight to stay on the straight path, and if he fails, he will repent quickly. Solomon says it well, “he who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” Are you walking in wisdom and integrity today? If so, enjoy the security you find in Him.

Help me, Lord, to walk in wisdom and integrity and to enjoy the benefits of doing so. Help me to “heed discipline” and turn from anything that is unacceptable in my life.