Freedom vs. Bondage

In our Sunday School we are currently studying Proverbs. As I read through Proverbs I saw the pattern of wisdom vs. foolishness. I began to think about that and realized that those two things are related to freedom vs. bondage. Proverbs is a book of comparisons between wisdom and foolishness, life and death, freedom and bondage, good and evil. It describes what it means to be on each side of the track of godly vs. ungodly.
Since wisdom comes from God, all that is good comes with it. Freedom is a gift from God. We get to choose if we will accept the gift of freedom or not. Whichever side we choose there will be consequences. If we want to live with good consequences, we need to choose wisdom and freedom in Christ. If we choose to not accept that gift from God, the consequences of that choice will lead us to bondage and foolishness and eventually death.
Let’s use some logic here (if this, then that). If we choose wisdom, then we will receive freedom, peace, a good life, and so on. But, if we choose foolishness, then we will receive trouble, pain, bondage, and so on. That is not a punishment. It is a simple consequence. If I avoid touching a hot burner with my bare hands, the consequence is that I will not be burned. But if I choose to touch a hot burner with my bare hands, the consequence will be the pain of a burn, blisters and possible scarring. Everything we choose has consequences, either good or bad. It is just a fact of life.
If we commit a crime, we have chosen to make a foolish choice. The consequence is, we are arrested and go to court and possibly jail to serve time. We have the spiritual and emotional consequences of inner turmoil and bondage as well.
I think it is better to seek wisdom than to follow the path of fools. But what exactly is wisdom? Wisdom is the application of knowledge with the discernment of knowing when, where, and how to apply it. James 1:5 says, “if anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all generously without reprimand, and it will be given to him.” Seek wisdom, knowledge and discernment.
When you ask for wisdom, God does not put conditions on it. He gives it freely. We, however, need to exercise the wisdom that God gives us. We also need to study so that we have the knowledge that we need. Following God is not a lazy mans path. We must be fully engaged and active in the pursuit of relationship with God and with each other as well as the understanding of God’s word. If you get yourself in gear and go with it, God will enter into it with you, giving the wisdom you need.
Blessings to you all as you seek God and all He has to offer to you.
Imojak

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