3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.
3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth. (NIV)
The second half of today’s verse probably does not need much explanation.
Getting prostitutes is not the best way to spend money.
For starters, they can be expensive up front. If they are not expensive up front, and even if they are, they could be even more expensive later.
You may need to also pay for:
- Medical needs
- Medication for said needs
- and much, much more!
Your wealth could be squandered very quickly with prostitutes.
A Happy Father
Wisdom is always the better choice.
It could make you rich, if you are wise with money, but there is no guarantee of that.
It will usually keep you out of trouble (though wicked people often find a way to bring you trouble!)
It is probably true with most parents, but I know when I made wise decisions those were the times my father was the most proud of me.
The satisfaction I think we should all strive for, though, is higher than that.
Solomon became king of Israel at a very young age, and God gave him the chance to ask for anything he wanted. Solomon asked for wisdom.
How did God respond? 1 Kings 3:10 tells us:
“The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.”
How amazing would it be to know our Heavenly Father, the God, Creator, and Savior of all creation, was happy with us?
Heavenly Father, give your servants discerning hearts to govern our lives and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours, but You?