Void of Understanding

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 Proverbs 7:2-4 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:

Proverbs 7:6-7 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding. 

Today’s reading reminds me that simplicity is never ample justification for the prevention of tragic consequences.  Simplicity didn’t stop this young man from a spiritual dart to the liver. It didn’t stop his from being snared like a bird in a net. It didn’t stop him from marring his life.

I’m reminded, too, that we can not cry “but I didn’t know”. This is why it’s so important to seek wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. This is why it’s so important to have a healthy fear of the Lord.

I’m reminded of a story my uncle used to tell. Before Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and the plethora of virtual assistants available today, a man was reading a map, looking for his destination. He made a (wrong) turn down a street, that he didn’t know was a dead end. He he was simple to the reality that the street was gang infested. He also was void of the knowledge of the fact that his car resembled a rival gang’s car. Toward the end of the street, a barrage of bullets was sprayed toward his car. He and his wife survived, but their baby was struck by a bullet, and killed. Was he trying to do something sinful? No. Was he trying to put his family in harms way? Absolutely not. But his simplicity was the demise of his child, and resulted in a tragedy that would never be forgotten.

Scripture shows us that many times, the simple man suffers the same consequences as the fool. Our simplicity in the truths of God’s Word, and our lack of understanding, may be the downfall of our marriage, our children, or our churches. Let us be students of the Bible. Let us seek wisdom as we would for hid treasure. Let us move from simple to wise as we seek to live this life successfully for Christ.

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