Proverbs 14:12. warns “There is a way that seems right; but it leads to death.”
Consider the way of the sinner which seems right, as we study Proverbs 14:13-18.
Verse 13 reminds us that “Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful and that mirth ends in heaviness. “
It seemed right to the prodigal son of Luke 15:13-24 who left home in rebellion to his father, insisting on his inheritance even before his father died. He went to a far country and wasted it in riotous living, ending up in desperate poverty in the pig pen eating slop with the pigs. It seemed right to him to insist on having his inheritance now. It seemed right to have his freedom and live as he pleased with no one telling him what to do.
What a fool he made of himself and what a fool every rebel son or daughter makes of themselves when they leave home in rebellion to parental authority and insist on going their own way and doing their own thing.
They have been warned, but they scorn the warnings and end up in the pig pen of sin with heavy hearts and unfulfilled desires. Things did not go the way they planned. The Christian cannot sin and enjoy it anymore than a cat or kitten enjoys rolling in the mud.
Enjoying the cheap, mindless, off-color humor of television comedy and mindless rock music puts a worthless, dirty infectious band aid over a guilty, aching, sinful heart.
Proverbs 14:13 warns us that the end of that mirth is heaviness.
On the other hand, II Corinthians 7:10 teaches us that deep sorrow over our sin leads to repentance and salvation.
Proverbs 14:14 teaches us that the backslider in heart, who refuses to repent, will be filled with his own ways. Hosea 4:17 teaches that God will leave you alone until you are so sick of your sins that you are at the point of nausea. Revelation 3:15 teaches us that sin and lukewarmness towards God nauseates God and in time it will nauseate the backslider.
In contrast, the Christian surrendered to God’s will. is satisfied from within. The Holy Spirit living within and controlling him is like a well of fresh water springing up and quenching his thirst. It doesn’t take things nor events outside of us to satisfy us. Jesus shared this truth with His disciples in John 8:36-39.
Though believing God’s Word gives wisdom, we’re warned in Proverbs 14:15 that to believe everything we hear from man is unwise. That’s how false cults and false religion entrap people. Acts 17:11 advises us to test everything we hear or read by the Scriptures.
What is your attitude towards God and His Word? Do you fear and reverence Him and His Word, or do you rage against God in stubborn self-confidence? Proverbs 14:16
Consider in the light of verse 17 whether you are easily angered by supposed or real offenses against you? If so, you are walking on thin ice and asking for trouble. King Saul was one who was easily angered and it caused him to fight against David, God’s man; and Saul eventually lost his kingdom.
Haman in the book of Esther, raged against the Jews and eventually was hung on the gallows he had built for his enemies.
In verse 18, as well as throughout Proverbs, we read of the simple. Watch for three classifications of people as you read the Book of Proverbs. . The simple, the fools and the wise. We are all born simple and remain that way until we are confronted by God’s Word. From that time forward, we either become Wise and prudent as we read and listen to God’s Word and surrender to God; or else we become fools as we stiffen our necks and rebel against His Word. May God help you to seek God and His wisdom as you continue to read and study His Word.