Our passage today has a tussle in it. The battle for the future of the young person being addressed (‘son’) is between wisdom and lust, sanity and stupidity. The wise teacher urges him to resist the temptations to wrongful use of the sex-gift that God has given and to love wisdom. The two go together – it’s through the wise living out of God’s wisdom that we are able to withstand the temptation to abandon God’s way and mess up our lives. As Christians we have the powerful Spirit of God working in us to bring about His purposes. Paul urges us to walk by the Spirit, keep in step with the Spirit so we keep going God’s way (Galatians 5:16, 25)
The overwhelming message of Proverbs and the Bible is: Choose God’s way every time! The first creed of the church, Jesus is Lord, is a 3-word expression of this. Rather than being led and driven by self-centred and self-destructive impulses, the believer lives under the wise and loving rule of the Master, the One who gave his all so that we might live. He is both the power of God and the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24). When we fall, He picks us up, forgives us and empowers us to live for him.
What a privilege, and what a challenge, as we live out our lives in a culture that entices and pulls us to live for ourselves only. Let’s support and encourage one another to keep loving wisdom and living it out in our daily walk with Jesus our Saviour and Lord.