From those who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness; Who rejoice in doing evil, and delight in the perversity of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, and who are devious in their paths; Proverbs 2:13-15
These verses are a continuation of what Wisdom will DELIVER us.
Leave: forsake, fail to follow, obey advice, instruction, wisdom, reproof
Paths: mode of living, or of character
Uprightness: straightness, evenness, of paths (with moral implication)
Walk: mode of life, action
Darkness: evil, sin
Rejoice: joyful, showing joy
Doing: absolute act, act with effect
Evil: distress, misery, injury, calamity
Wicked: deeds of evil
Ways: destructive ways
Crooked: twisted, perverted
Devious: craftiness, cunning
Paths: course of action, or life
As I was studying the meaning of these verses, I thought, "Why would anyone follow deception and wickedness? Why would on choose a path of destruction? Can't they see the end result?"
Yet, often when we find ourselves following after those who forsake wisdom, we are caught up in the enticement of the present enjoyment of sin. We don't realize that as we continue to follow the way of life that we are forsaking God and moving farther from the treasure of His wisdom. For Satan knows how to slowing and deliberately change our paths so that we become accustomed to the sin and rationalize and justify it in our minds. And we don't see the need for deliverance, as we think we are "just fine".
However, Wisdom shouts and will DELIVER us from making beginning down the path of sin, and will allow us to turn around if we find ourselves on that path. Wisdom, that treasure from God Himself, is vital to our everyday life. And Wisdom knows that we do need deliverance!
It will require a determined heart — a heart that is permeate with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG) to listen to Wisdom and be delivered from the deception of sin.