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Proverbs: Walking in Wisdom

Nov 03, 2019 | Randy Gunter

Heeding the Street Preacher

Heeding the Street Preacher
Walking with Wisdom

Proverbs 1:20-33

Wisdom cries aloud to those who walk foolishly.

Solomon personifies Wisdom as a street preacher, who unabashedly calls out to the simple ones, the scoffers, and the fools who hate knowledge. She calls out to repent before it is too late. 

The wisdom of Proverbs is the way of God, the plan of God and the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. He became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:24; 30).

The way of wisdom

The way of folly

Wisdom doesn’t come naturally.

Wisdom doesn’t come naturally to us; foolishness comes naturally. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way (53:6). Wisdom graciously and boldly cries out to us as we travel in life toward destruction, saying, “Listen to my words and turn from your ways.”

Wisdom is the Way of God.

A person with wisdom understands that the Creator designed the world to work in a certain way. Wisdom discerns that way of life and pursues it.

Proverbs 8:22-31

Proverbs 8:32-36

The Wisdom of Man

The Wisdom of God

The way of mankind says that if you want to be rich, then cling to the possessions that you have.

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.(Proverbs 11:24 ESV)

The way of mankind says that more money and more stuff equals more satisfaction.

The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want. (Proverbs 13:25 ESV)

The way of mankind says self-promotion on social media and in other ways is essential.

It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory. (Proverbs 25:27 ESV)

The way of mankind says be a friend to your children rather than their disciplinarian.

Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. (Proverbs 13:24 ESV)


By God’s grace, he lets us know that the way of the world seems right to people, but its end is the way to death (Proverbs 14:12). 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. (Proverbs 3:5-7 ESV)

Wisdom calls: “How long will you love being simple, delight in scoffing, and foolishly hate knowledge?”

  1. The simple ones
  2. The scoffers

A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise. (Proverbs 15:12 ESV) “Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride. (Proverbs 21:24 ESV)

  1. The fools

1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. 14:16 One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless. 28:26 Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered. (Proverbs 1:7; 12:15; 14:16; 28:26 ESV)

Hearing Wisdom’s reproof and repenting yields life.

Reproof is an expression of blame or disapproval. Wisdom reproves people who have chosen a path of foolishness. For those who repent (turn), the Lord will pour his Spirit upon them and make his words known to them. 

Warning: life journeys have a point of no return

The Lord gives a clear warning to those who do not heed wisdom—there is a point of no return. (Proverbs 1:28-33)

He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing. (Proverbs 29:1 ESV)

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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