“For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.” Proverbs 1:32
Proverbs 1 is an exhortation to embrace wisdom — which in essence, is actively applying God’s word to every circumstance of our lives.
Verse 32 addresses two ways of living that lead to death. One path is marked by marked by a wayward, willful, often perverse, deviation from what is right in order to gratify one’s own impulses. A wayward heart is oblivious to the application of God’s word — it’s full intent is to satisfy it’s flesh.
Choosing the other path, complacency, places one’s self on the throne of its heart and tests all choices against itself. The self-satisfied soul says, “What’s in it for me?” Complacency is numb to the needs of others. It may see their struggles yet is too wrapped up in pleasing itself to do anything … so does nothing. A complacent heart deliberately ignores the application of God’s word — it’s full intent is to satisfy it’s flesh.
Nothing God does is without intention. He does not deviate from his righteousness, he is not perverse; he is not apathetic. Everything he does is planned and out of his great love for me.
I must walk with delberate, thoughtful intention. Jesus is my example. The Holy Spirit is my helper. His word and wisdom leads me on paths of right living.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11
“But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.” Deuteronomy 30:14
Waywardness and complacency can’t exist within me if I follow Jesus and his word.