Read Proverbs 22:17-23:35
“Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off” (23:17-18).
If you’re like me, you find it all too easy to misplace your wants. It’s so easy to forget the future hope God promised those who trust in Him. It will not end like the things of the world will one day.
That’s why the wise man told his son to be wise, to keep his heart on the right path. (See verse 19.) Because he knew how easy it is to let our hearts wander to the other side. Especially when the travelers on that path look all successful with their grand parties and nice cars and beautiful faces and fun toys and big promotions.
It’s why Solomon warned,
“Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly” (v 31)!
It looks great right now — the wine of fame, the sparkle of all that beautiful stuff. But “in the end it bites like a snake . . . ” (23:32). In the end, it’s only a mirage. And those who chase it will only end up wanting more of what will never satisfy.
Wisdom sees the truth, however. It finds the truth in God alone, buys that truth and never, ever, sells it. Not for the allure of money, or the promise of fame. Not for the charm of beauty or the enchantment of pleasure. It holds tight to the fear of God, unwilling to falter from it. (See 23:23.)
Real wisdom holds fast and never stops seeking the fear of the LORD.
So hold on tight. Don’t get distracted. Seek Him and His wisdom.
What tends to distract you from chasing God and seeking His promises? Why not talk to Him about it right now and ask Him for wisdom. Then hand it to Him and trust Him for life in Him.