Proverbs 24:15-16 NLT
15 Don’t wait in ambush at the home of the godly, and don’t raid the house where the godly live.
16 The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.

The book of Proverbs is referred to as a book of wisdom, written mostly by King Solomon, and composed of roughly 3000 proverbs and 1500 songs. but I will only cover one of the 3000 today.

To get an understanding of the backstory to these verses, we look back at Proverbs 1:10-11 that reads, “My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. If they say, “Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for innocent blood, let’s ambush some harmless soul;”

In this wisdom principle, Solomon is warning his son, who is tempted to join a group of bandits to not be “influenced” and avoid the path of violence.

In today’s world, as compared to Old Testament times, we are constantly surrounded by things that can influence us, through social media, newscasts, tv ads, politics, yard signs, bumper stickers, and the likes. Now, I’m not saying that everything that influences our decision making process is making is negative. For example, if Coke comes out with and advertises a new holiday themed Coke that had the tasting profile of hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies, I would be hard pressed to not be influenced to try it at least.

Wisdom is not something we inherently gain, rather, it is learned through our experiences or through other's experiences. For example, one thing I am passionate about is learning something new and ways I can grow in wisdom with my person, professional, and spiritual life. For example, when I started attending Faith Bible in 2010, before my beautiful wife and I were married, one of the first things I did was to seek out a life group with older members, in order to fulfill that passion.

As followers of Christ, we are called to live a life of honesty and integrity. We are to be wise and be above reproach in what influences us. We are to model our lives as Christ did. By doing so, you just may be the next big Holiday themed Coke, or rather, the influence that changes others from sin to saved!

“A God wise enough to create me and the world I live in is wise enough to watch out for me.” ~Philip Yancey

by Russell Persky, Chairman of the Deacon Board

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