In walking our daughter’s dogs, there are two different lengths for the leashes. Both dogs are fairly obedient but Paco, the smaller black one, needs the shorter leash. He was an abandoned stray and we are not sure what he lived through before becoming part of the family. But whatever it was, he thinks he can take on any other dog he sees and lets them know it! He also is very distracted by any and every smell he encounters, which makes for lots of pulling on that leash. His cooperation does not come easily!
Today’s verse describes a fool whose eyes wander away from what is wise. Wisdom is like that shorter leash that keeps the discerning person from wandering. The fool is easily distracted away from wisdom. Wandering aimlessly is how the adulteress is described and she does not even know it. (Prov. 5:6) Some wander away from the faith because of their love of money (I Tim. 6:10). Without the shorter leash of wisdom we wander all over the mountains and hills, following the wrong shepherds and forgetting where our resting place is (Jer. 50:6).
Christ is the wisdom of God (I Cor. 1:24). I know that connecting to Him is wise. He is the One who keeps me on the right path. The problem is that I am “prone to wander…prone to leave the God I love.” I am so easily distracted. I pull on that leash to go check something out and end up going in the wrong direction. When I trust in my own understanding or ideas, I am out of step with Him. His direction and His pace are always the best.
Lord, make me wise by following You.