He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed.
The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom and was specifically written so that young men would gain wisdom and knowledge through its teachings. Wisdom is lacking in these last days because people are more interested in what’s pleasing to their flesh than what’s pleasing to God. People are surrounding themselves with those who support their wickedness rather than those who correct it. Do you seek to be wise? Spend time with those who are wise and avoid fellowship with the foolish and wicked (1 Cor. 15:33).
Those who spend time with wise people will themselves become wise by following their examples and listening to their counsel and advice, but spend time with the foolish and wicked and you’re likely to be led astray. Jesus warned His disciples to avoid the yeast of the Pharisees, because the way of the wicked is infectious and destructive. A little foolish behavior, a little twisting of Scripture, and the road to destruction lies before you in an instant. “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom” (Jam. 3:13).
Those who are wise have no need to tell others, it can be seen through the fruits of their character and behavior. Those who have no understanding and lack wisdom find joy in sinning, but the wise walk circumspectly to the world. True wisdom shows itself in humility of action and good works, not in boastfulness of knowledge. A wise person knows that their reward is eternal, that it surpasses any fleeting pleasure this world may promise. They understand that true joy is found in the presence of God. Are you among the wise?