Solomon is still focused on wisdom as the key ingredient in his son’s success. He reminds him that “these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life.” Solomon is not preaching intellectualism, nor is he worshiping reason; instead, he is teaching his son to find wisdom in the Word of God. It provides the answers needed to navigate this life’s intense path. He talks in detail about all the ways man tries to exhude wisdom on his own, but each one leads to destruction. He even reminds his son of those seven things that God truly hates. God does not hate people, in this context, but he does hate some of their actions. We see sin as fun and exciting, but God sees it as dangerous and even deadly. It has no value in a person’s life; therefore, it should be avoided at all costs. The difficulty level rises because the “adulteress” is always out “selling” her wares as is the crook and the thief. Each one shells out his/her idea of wisdom but never reveals the end result of those decisions. Their goal is use and abuse people through manipulation and false promises. The cycle that begins in my life when I choose to surrender to that temptation is never-ending, unless God is allowed to step in and change everything. Why go there, when we have been duly warned by the wisest man on the planet? Stay away from sin and seek wisdom from the Word of God. Life will never be perfect, but it can be incredibly good!

Help me, Lord, to seek wisdom from Your Word each day! Help me to stand against the temptations that continually come my way and stay focused upon the life You have created and called me to live.