Proverbs 9:6 – The Way of Understanding

Proverbs 9:6 “Forsake the foolish and live, and go in the way of understanding.”

This is wisdom’s cry to the simple and those seeking understanding. The last phrase of this verse, “Go in the way of understanding,” strikes a vivid picture in my mind of the New Testament rendition of this phrase based on another Old Testament passage. In Job 28:28, Job states that the Lord said, “…to depart from evil is understanding.” John 8 contains the account of the woman caught in adultery brought to Jesus by the religious leaders. After convincing the crowd of accusers of their own sin, the Lord Jesus tells the woman caught in adultery, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” How powerful and gracious those words must have been to this woman. He says these same words to us.

Have the power and grace of His words grabbed ahold of your heart, to go and sin no more? Just as Christ rescued this woman from death, He has rescued us from eternal death (Romans 6:23). Christ died for our sins and rose again that we might live through Him (1 John 4:9-10). How sad it is when we do not relinquish our own foolish way, and embrace the reality of the freedom over sin we have in Christ (Romans 6). We are complete in Him. Let us not forget that reality. Let us not search for what we think will satisfy, when we already have it all in Him (Colossians 2:10). Today, are you living and going in the way of understanding?

1 Corinthians 1:30 “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”


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