“Finds life” and “loves death.” From one extreme to another. A contrast that is unmistakable and a choice that is crystal clear. It is one of the great “either/or’s” in God’s Word. It is a way of life or a path to death. And it is strange that some would not search for a way to live wisely and enjoy the blessings of God.
One translation recognizes the choice as “one who finds me...he who misses me.” There is a reward for searching for and applying God’s wisdom: “life and favor from the Lord.”
Conversely, those who “fail to find God's wisdom - or he who sins against God - harm themselves; all who hate me love death.”
Here is a clear picture of a self-centered life - a picture of one who has made a willful, thoughtful choice after careful deliberation. It is a choice that is void of emotions or feelings. But, a choice nonetheless.
Earlier in the chapter wisdom is described as “a tree of life.” And if one chooses the “other path” it is a path to death. Unfortunately, at the time the decision is made, the one making the decision may not be aware of that choice. Life may be too exciting or too much fun or too enjoyable or death is “so far away.” But it does not matter to that one at that time.
But, it should matter to us. If we know someone, anyone who is without Christ, we are responsible to God to take His message of love, salvation, hope and eternal life. Otherwise, we contribute to that one’s death.
Prayer: Awaken us, Father, to our obligation to speak to others who are on the wrong path and are unsaved. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 8:35-36 For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord. But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.”