Proverbs 13:20 “Words to the Wise!”
He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.
This basic truth is why parents worry so much about who our kids hang out with and asks you to consider your choices. If you meet a new person and want to know what kind of person they are, check out their friends. You’ll know really quickly!
So what if you find a person has bad, poor character friends? Does that mean they are a fool themselves? Not 100%, but the odds are good that hanging around them will only get you in trouble. If God tells you, “A companion of fools suffers harm,” why test God’s wisdom and make a stupid decision?
On the other hand, if you hang around with wise, good people, God says you’ll grow wise! The richest and smartest man in the history of the world was Solomon. When God told Solomon he could have anything he wanted, Solomon chose wisdom. Take a lesson from that! Wise people who fear God have the blessing of God, while fools seem to “always have bad luck.” Hhmmm, kind of interesting how that works, eh?
You don’t have to offend friends who may not be good to hang around, rather you can simply be “really, really busy” whenever they call to hang out and let that distance naturally work itself out!
A personal message...
“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”