Proverbs 1:31

Proverbs 1:31 "Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices."

In his letter to the Galatian believers, Paul said, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”  Here in Solomon’s letter to his son, wisdom is saying a very similar thing.  Without wisdom, a man will continue to eat the fruit of his own ways.  Without wisdom, a man will know no other fruit than the fruit of his own ways.  Without wisdom, a man will never taste the sweet juice of virtue’s fruit because contrary to the popular belief of our society, virtue does not come from within.  Virtue comes from without and more specifically, from above.

In plain words, you’ll be stuck with only your vices if you reject wisdom’s virtue.  The consequence of rejecting wisdom is not just missing out on its enlightenment; it is being stuck with your own foolishness.  The ultimate consequence for the simple is being permanently ignorant.  The ultimate consequence for the fool is being permanently foolish.  Without wisdom, the simple will continue to eat the unhealthy fruit of ignorance for a lifetime.  Without wisdom, the fool will continue to eat the harmful fruit of foolishness for a lifetime.  Day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year, a person without wisdom will eat the same fruit of their ignorant and foolish ways.  This is the plight of the fool – to be the same foolish person for the rest of their lives.

One of the most frustrating aspects of human life is the tendency to make mistakes.  Solomon tells us that from birth, foolishness is bound in the heart of man (Proverbs 22:15).  He goes on to say that a parent is tasked with the responsibility to remove that foolishness.  In Proverbs 29:15, he concludes paternal shame the consequence of a child left to himself.  Void of outside intervention, a child will remain foolish.  Void of outside intervention, a teenager will remain foolish.  And void of outside intervention, an adult will remain foolish.  Wisdom is that outside intervention we all need.  Wisdom and its virtues do not come from within the heart of man.  Foolishness and its vices however, do come from within the heart of man.

By nature, our ways are flawed.  By nature, our devices are flawed.  We do and devise things that aren’t healthy for us.  Left to ourselves, we will bring sorrow and shame to our lives.  Without wisdom, we will live lives prone to disappointment and heartbreak.  This is the ultimate consequence of rejecting wisdom.

Any person who is content with who they are by nature is inviting serious trouble.  The man or woman who feels they have all they need within them to succeed in life will be gravely disappointed.  The person who fails to recognize their mental, emotional and spiritual inadequacies will fail to recognize their lonely and disappointing future.

If armed only with our own thoughts
If armed only with our own ways
If armed only with our own devices
Failure is inevitable – helpless and lonely failure.

The person who thinks they need no assistance will get no assistance.  The person who gets no assistance will be lonely at first and helpless at last.  The man who thinks he needs no assistance will be unable to think a different way when facing a problem he cannot solve.  The woman who thinks she needs no assistance will be unable to see a different way when facing a dilemma she cannot remedy.  The person who thinks they needs no assistance will be unable to operate a different way when facing a crisis they cannot escape.  If we reject wisdom, we are limiting ourselves to ourselves.  If we reject wisdom, we are limiting ourselves to our own ways and to our own devices, both of which are bound in foolishness.  When we reject wisdom, we are sentencing ourselves to a lifetime of the consequences of following our foolish nature.

On the contrary, when we receive wisdom, we receive new and improved fruit.  Wisdom introduces its recipient to better thoughts, better ideas and better ways.  It replaces ignorance with knowledge and it replaces foolishness with reason.  Wisdom allows us to see our problems in a way that we wouldn’t on our own.  It allows us to think a different way, a better way that we wouldn’t think on our own.  It allows us to operate in a way that our nature and our individual tendencies wouldn’t permit.  Wisdom offers us a life that takes us beyond our individual limitations and frustrations.  Therefore, get wisdom. 

Related Posts





Rehoboam Solomon fear of God health pride self-sufficiency wisdom 2020 5th Commandment Abigail Abraham Absalom Adam Adolescence Adulterer Adulteress Affair Age Ahijah Ahithophel Amnon Apple of Eye Arrogance Asaph Athletes Bathsheba Bedroom Beecher Benefit Benjamin Bezaleel Bible reading Bible Biblical instruction Bonar Bondage Boyfriend Building CA Rt 1 Calamity Calvin Canaan Careers Character Christian upbringing Christ Churches Clamor Clinton Clothes Clothing College Contrast Conversation Corinthians Cosigner Cosigning Courting Creation Creator Danger Daniel Dating Daughters David Death Delilah Deuteronomy Devil Discovery Dishonor Divorce Drink Drunk Early Adulthood Ecclesiastes Economic Stability Eden Elderly Elihu Elijah Emerson Engagement Enoch Ephesians Ephraimites Esau Esther Evening Eve Experience Fashion Favor of God Fearing God Financial Security Fingers Food Freedom Friendships Friend Galatians Gender Differences Genesis Gideon Gileadites Girlfriend Godhead Goliath Gossip Gratitude Guns Haman Hannah Harlot Hate Evil Heaven Hebrews History Holy Spirit Homicide House Hypocrisy Immorality Inherit Insight Instructing Internet Interview Inventions Israel Jacob James Jealousy Jeremiah Jeroboam Jerusalem Jesus Christ Jesus Jewish Law Jewish Jobs Job Jonah Joseph Joshua Josiah Joy Judah Judaism Judas Iscariot Judges Judgmental King David Kings Language Learn Liar Life Lesson Lion Look Love Triangle Luther Lying Mark Marvel Mary Matthew Media Men Mocking Moody Morality Morning Moses Naughtiness Nehemiah New Tricks Noah Nobles Numbers Old Dogs Parenting Passion Pastors Paul the Apostle Paul Peter Pleasure Polygamy Popularity Potiphar's Wife Potiphar\'s Wife Princes Principal Thing Principal Prophecy Prophet Prostitute Protests Proverbs Psalms Psalm Punishment Purity Purpose Rage Rehoboam Rehoboma Relationship Remember Reprove Reputation Resume Resurrection Revealing Rich Ridicule Road Rulers Rules Samson Samuel Satan Saul Scam Scripture Sea of Galilee Selfishness Shame Shenandoah Valley Shoe Laces Simon Peter Simon Solomon Song of Solomon Sons Speech Steal Strange Woman Strength Stress Surety Tamar Taylor Teachers Teaching Teenagers Teens Theft Timothy Toddlers Tolerance Trickery Trinity True Love True Wisdom Turner Understanding Universities Vehicle Vengeance Virtuous Walk Watsom Way Wink Witnessing Women Work Ethic YouTube addiction adultery advertisements advertiser advertising advice advisor affection affirmation alcohol amos angels ant anxiety appetite assumption as attractions authority background backyard battle beginning birds bitterness brain bright broken nose buckler cardinal sins career carelessness car cause certainty charity chastening childhood childrearing children child choices church attendance church command confidence confident consequences considerate contention contentment conversaion correction counselor counsel covetousness criticism cruelty cynicism dads dad darkness dark daughter debt deception decisions defend defense demands destruction determination diamonds diligence direction disappointment discernment discipleship disciples disciple discipline discontentment discord discretion distractions distress doctrine dogs drinking drugs dying ear education effort emotions employment enemies enticement enticing envy equity evil communications evil men evil women evil example eyelids eyes ezekiel facts failure faith family fathers father favor fear of God fear feelings feminine fighting fight filthy finances flattery focus following foolishness foolishnes fools fool forgiveness fornication friends future gambling gender gold good men good government grace greed guard guilt happiness happy harm hate headlights health heart hear holiness home honor hope hunger husbands husband ignorance illustration income inequality infidelity influence iniquity insomnia instincts instruction intimacy investigation isaiah issued issue jewelry judgment justice kidnapper kidney kids knowledge labor law of sowing and reaping laziness lazy leadership learning length of days lessons let life light lips listening listen little liver living loans loneliness long life love lucifer lust man marketing marriage math memorization memory mercy millions mind ministry mischief misery mistakes mom money mothers mother motive mouth movies nature necklace neck neighbor obscenity observant oppression oppressor organs ornaments parable paranoia parenthood parents parent pastoring path peace peer pressure peers peer permission personification pleasant ponder pornography pottymouth poverty power prayer preservation pride priests private procrastination prodigal profanity prosperity prostitution protection protect prudence public restroom purchases reading reaping reason rebellion rebuke regret rejection relate relationships relevant remedy remembrance remorse repetition replacement reproof respect responsibility responsible retain retention riches righteousness righteous risk robber romance rubies safety sailor salvation schools scorner secret security seduction seeing see self-sufficiency self-sufficient serpent seven deadly sins seven sexist sexual sin sex silver simple simplicity sinners sin skepticism sleeplessness sleep son soul sowing spleen stability stranger strange strife striving successful success suicide talents talk taxes teacher television temptation tendencies thief thieves thinking think thoughtfulness thoughts thought threats time tithe tree of life trust truth tv vehicles vice video games violence virtue virtuous woman visual voice of God voice vulgar walking war wealth well wickedness wicked wife will wine wisdom wise sayings wise wives woman word of God words work worry young man young people young youth