If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it. -Proverbs 9:12, KJV
I argued with this verse. Wisdom won (naturally):
Me: “What do you mean?! My wisdom could benefit others, and my scorning of wisdom could hurt others!”
Wisdom: “Ah, but what is the deeper meaning of what I am telling you?”
Me: “Am I wrong?”
Wisdom: “No, but do I lead to, as you quoted me as saying before?”
Me: “The fear of the Lord … OH!”
If we listen to Wisdom, we are led to salavific knowledge. We see our need for a Savior, for Jesus the Messiah. We may lead others to Christ, but it is our own soul that is affected. We cannot do that for others.
If we scorn Wisdom, we deny we need the help of the Savior. We may lead others astray, but it is our own soul that is affected.
As I asked yesterday, how do YOU respond to God’s Wisdom? Do you scorn Wisdom or affirm Wisdom? Do you choose eternal life or death?