Word to the Wise (Part 15) – Proverbs 23:19-21

Proverbs 23:19-21 Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way. Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.

This guy I know used to work on a submarine when he served in the military. He had to accept the reality that besides forfeiting fresh air, sunlight, and privacy, there was also the nagging issue of certain and slow death if something went wrong with his submersible.

It’s the aquatic equivalent to being in outer space and strikes me as acutely unnerving. One moment life’s fine as it can be under water, and the next you’re gently gliding toward the black silence of the ocean floor.

Such is the case for those who get caught up with the wrong people in life. The folks Solomon warns about are a dangerous tribe because they don’t present themselves that way from the start. They’re usually quite vibrant, robust, and attractive. Each one is sucking the marrow out of life in his or her way. But inevitably foolishness leads to engine failure, and the whole thing starts to sink.

We’ve all seen the rubble of once beautiful lives. Solomon had too. His own life would end that way. He wants his son to know that vices can eventually pull these people down, and anyone who is trapped in their orbit will descend to the crushing depths of regret too. The only solution is to keep yourself on the righteous path while your head is still clear enough to make the right decision.

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