Choosing to acknowledge the existence and superiority of Jehovah—the Ultimate Reality—is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7) and wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). It is making the only sensible choice when faced with life’s ultimate decision.
What is life’s ultimate decision? It is that decision which each one must make—am I going to believe and follow God’s instructions or trust human wisdom and imitate my peers?
Although Solomon did not say this in so many words, the counsel of Proverbs 1:10-19 can be aptly summarized in the following morsels of advice:
“You cannot soar with the eagles when you surround yourself with turkeys.”
“Be around people you want to be like because you will be like the people you are around.”
“You reveal your character not only by the company you keep but also by the company you avoid.”
“When you allow the wrong people in your house, stuff will come up missing; stuff like joy, peace, love, hope, and faith.”
A wise person must be courageous, willing to be different, deciding to swim against the current when it comes to making life’s ultimate decision. There is no wisdom without virtue (moral courage).