By the time you’ve been following the adulteress, so much of your life will have been wasted.
At the end of your life you will groan,
when your flesh and body are spent.
You will say, “How I hated discipline!
How my heart spurned correction!
I would not obey my teachers
or listen to my instructors.
I have come to the brink of utter ruin
in the midst of the whole assembly.” (Prov 5:11-14 NIV)
If only. If only. How many “If only”‘s are in your life? When you begin to focus on them, you life stays there. Hope cannot be found much less seen.
Wisdom when you take it will save you from about anything that life throws at you. But so many times we don’t think about or want to even admit it until it is too late and we are in dire circumstances. I always think of the Prodigal Son at this time. He knew what he was doing. Did not need that old man who knew nothing of this world to tell him how to live. Give me what coming to me and let me go my own way. His own way was to become a trash collector in the dirtiest part of the biggest city. He knew how to live alright. In this case, his father was full of wisdom and had a lot to impart to him. But he refused to listen. He had to learn the lessons the hard way.
But the story continues to a happy ending in which the son returns home full of humble pie and ready to eat crow. He is welcomed with open arms. His father knew that eventually he would come back. It was just a matter of when.
It’s not too late. Stop living in “If Only” and start living in gaining wisdom.