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Proverbs: Walking in Wisdom

Nov 10, 2019 | Randy Gunter

Hearing & Heeding Voices

Hearing & Heeding Voices
Walking with Wisdom

Proverbs 2:1-22

Solomon instructs his son to listen to wisdom amid the voices that are calling out to him.

Solomon and the Lord speak wisdom to Solomon’s son, and perverted men and an adulteress speak folly to him.

A wise person considers the voices calling out and contemplates who is behind the voiced messages. A wise person considers the pathway before her and the destination of the path for which she is led.

Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. (Proverbs 11:4 ESV)

Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent. (Proverbs 11:12 ESV)

The wicked earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward. (Proverbs 11:18 ESV)

Accept Wisdom’s words from the Bible and the person of Christ.

Wisdom is a pursuit of God, and it is a gift from God.


Reject Folly’s words from people of perverted speech and people with adulterous intent.

Perverted speech distorts the truth and the realities set by God.   

Examples of truth and realities set by God:

  1. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 ESV)

See Romans 1:19-25

  1. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.(Genesis 2:24 ESV)

  2. [God] has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 ESV) Everything spoken and depicted that is contrary to this passage is perverse.

What are the movies, books, TV shows, songs, friends, co-workers, family, and influencers in your life saying to you? Are their words leading you to God’s wisdom or the devil’s folly? What are the voices saying about goodness, justice, loving-kindness, and walking humbly with God?

Reject the adulterers’ seductive words that will lead you to death.

See Proverbs 5:20-23

Ladies are vulnerable: 

Guys are vulnerable: 

See Proverbs 5:3-6

You and I have fleshly desires; they are the result of living in bodies yet to be redeemed by Christ. A person with wisdom understands this reality and doesn’t let himself listen to words that are perverse and seductive, enticing the flesh.  

A wise person has sharp discernment. He doesn’t put himself in a place where seductive speech is spoken, or she doesn’t put herself in a place where perverse words and ideas are heard.

When we are not purposeful to walk in repentance with Jesus in every area of life, and we are lax in hearing and heeding God’s instruction, then we are tremendously vulnerable to be lured to walk down folly’s path of destruction.

Wisdom, Jesus Christ, delivers us from the evil way, giving us an understanding in righteousness, justice, fairness, and every good way.

See Proverbs 2:10-12; 16

The key to not walking with folly is to purposefully walk with wisdom, revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. 

The key to not hearing and heeding the voice of folly is to listen to the words of Jesus Christ intentionally.

The solution to folly and its destruction and death is to be in right relationship with God through Jesus Christ.


Series Information

The Book of Proverbs, like all others in the Bible, points to Jesus and calls to the reader to know Jesus, to walk with him, and to be in a relationship with him.

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