Proverbs 10:13 says “Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment. “
So many times, people do not use wisdom. They want to do what they want. The end result? He got the legal system rod. By refusing to listen to wisdom or act on wisdom, the law punished him.
I honestly think that most people lack judgment. It does not have to be with the law. It can be when to open the mouth and when to shut it. It could be when to make a move and when not to. What happens when wisdom is not applied in these kinds of “minor” situations? You could destroy reputations, ruin friendships, push somebody into doing something foolish, be the underlying problem in many situations.
What prevents us from applying wisdom? It is boring. Telling Joan about what Mary said in confidence is much more fun. The feeling of importance far exceeds the feeling of keeping my mouth shut. Not informing John of my opinion of his decision is much more appealing than letting him learn from his own actions and possibly doing the right thing.
Wisdom is never appealing to us. It is the smart route that we avoid at all costs. We want the danger. We want to be in charge. When wisdom is used, we are not in charge. God is the one who calls the shots. Not something most of us want. Yes, we will say it, but we do not truly mean it. We lie to others, to God, and to ourselves. No way, will we let Him guide our mouth and our actions. That would be wise. We prefer the rod because of our foolishness. When will we ever learn?
How often do you find yourself in a state of regret? How many times do you have to face the consequences? That is the number of times that you slammed the door on God and His wisdom and said that you are smarter than Him. No wonder the results turn out to be so painful. Me in charge is a dangerous thing. I have no idea what is around the corner. He does. Why not let Him tell me what to do and say next? It takes so much of the burden off of me. Let Him take the wheel and enjoy the scenery.