Proverbs 2:11-15
Prov 2:11 (KJB)
Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
Discretion - The ability to make proper decisions, prudence, thought or plan
Understanding - Insight or skill
Solomon now teaches that those who gain their wisdom from God will have the ability to make proper decisions. The insight that comes with wisdom allows the believer to see the big picture. While the world is blinded to seeing only a portion of the situation at hand, the believer has the ability to discern the reality of the consequences of taking an action. This is why the believer is preserved and kept through the wise understanding that the wisdom of God brings. (Luke 14:28 KJV) For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Here the Lord gives the same principle in a practical sense. If a person is going to build a tower, he must assess the total cost or else he will be unable to finish it. This must be the attitude in every decision we make. We need to evaluate the entire matter before we make a decision. It will save us much heartache on the other end. For example a person plans to buy a car and wants a nice car but not a real cheap one. That person must assess car payments for at least 4 years and the ability to be able to save 6 months of car payments to have in reserve in case of job loss or some other situation. Once they evaluate the total cost for the next four years, they can then decide what financial parameters are available to them so they will not face repossession or bankruptcy.
Prov 2:12 (KJB)
To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
One of the main reasons we seek discernment through Godly wisdom is so we will not get snared by evil men in their schemes. This is done by recognizing the way they live their lives and the nature of their ways. We continue to grow in keen discernment within a situation through wisdom and understanding. (Prov 22:3 KJV) A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. Another great fruit of wisdom is the ability to foresee any evil and to avoid it but if we walk in foolishness, we will fall prey to it just as the world does.
Prov 2:13 (KJB)
Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
The world and the unbelievers will always walk opposite true Godly wisdom and walk the ways of darkness because they think it is a shortcut to the riches of the world. Let me give a quick example which does not seem like darkness yet it is unbiblical. Have you ever been approached by someone to get you into multi-level marketing (mlm) by promising that you will make hundreds of thousands of dollars a month or year? You join up and then find that the only ones who made money are the ones who started it. Those on the bottom spend more to get in than they will ever make. Now here is the reason I say this method of making money is against Scripture. (Gen 3:19 KJV) In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. When Adam and Eve sinned, God had then commanded them that they were to work the ground until they die. This principle has never been rescinded and we are to work for a living and not make an attempt at free riches through mlm or any other way. This idea of free riches is what drives many to play the lottery. Many sell drugs to try and get rich quick but life in prison for getting caught is not a very good trade off. Wisdom will prevent us from getting caught up in the ways of the world and it its traps.
Prov 2:14 (KJB)
Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
One of the traps of doing evil works as a lifestyle is that the conscience becomes very numb and when that happens, they do not have any more resistance to evil ways, in fact, they think they are so right that they begin to rejoice in the evil works they do. These evil works may temporarily yield some financial gain but the long term is deadly. Even if a person never goes to jail here, they will eventually face Christ at the Judgment Seat and will pay for those sins for eternity. Evil people will continue to plan and execute evil works until a day of reckoning comes and it will arrive.
Prov 2:15 (KJB)
Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
Crooked - Distorted or perverted
Froward - Those who deviate or depart
Since the lives these evil workers live are twisted, it follows that their ways are also crooked. They will deviate from the paths of rightness. From this verse it seems these people have been given the right way to go but it looks like they have chosen to depart from the ways of the Lord. Their entire lives are ruined because they have chosen to walk in darkness and to rejoice in the evil, which means evil is a deceitfully, satisfying way of life for these people but the results of that path is destruction.