Read Proverbs 7
Focus on verse 4-5
You have probably heard the saying “You can’t fix stupid” and it would seem there is some truth to this modern proverb. There is, however, a much older proverb that suggests that there is a way to avoid “stupid” so that we won’t need to try to fix it. In Proverbs 7:4-5 we read;
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
And call insight your intimate friend,
To keep you from the forbidden woman,
From the adulteress with her smooth words.
In tomorrow’s reading the writer of Proverbs personifies wisdom as a woman calling out to those who will listen. In the following chapter he personifies foolishness as a woman whom he names Folly who is also calling out to any who will listen seeking to deceive them with her smooth words.
In this chapter there is a vivid description of how a young man is enticed and led off to his own destruction by an adulterous woman. The gender is not what is important here; it might just as well be an adulterous man who leads a woman to her own destruction. The point is that the only effective antidote that can protect a person from this kind of foolishness is God’s wisdom. If we pursue wisdom as if it is hidden treasure, and make wisdom as close to us as a family member, and make insight our closest friend, then, and only then do we have a fighting chance to avoid falling for the tricks and traps of the deceiver who seeks to destroy us.
I am not certain that stupid really can’t be fixed. Jesus told his followers that, “nothing is impossible with God.” If that is true I expect that God has a way of fixing stupid, but I can’t help thinking that with all the instruction He gives us regarding how to avoid stupidity, it would seem to be His preference that we choose to avoid stupid rather than count on His ability to fix it. I strongly suspect that our lives might be a little less complicated and painful if we could avoid it as well. I believe it was noted Hollywood theologian John Wayne who has often been quoted, “Life is hard, it’s especially hard if yer stupid.” I don’t know if John Wayne was familiar with the book of Proverbs or not, either way it would appear he and Solomon agree on choosing a path of wisdom to avoid the high cost of stupidity.