He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
“I don’t want you hanging around those kids.” Many of us have heard these words, or words similar, from our parents at one time or another. Sometime it seemed as if our parents had a “sixth sense” for this kind of thing. Of course we did not credit this “sixth sense” with good parenting or Godly wisdom at the time. We just thought that our parents had an uncanny knack of being able to ruin our fun.
The people that our parents warned us about were often the people we looked up to. Many times they were the “cool” kids. They were the ones that everyone wanted to be around. They were the ones that could make or break our social life with just one party invitation. Sure, most of the time we knew that they may have been doing some things that weren’t quite right. But we were not worried about that. We could take care of ourselves, so we thought. We just needed their influence for the time being. We just needed to be in their social circle for now.
As we grew up, many of us began to understand why our parents cautioned us. Some of us suffered the consequences of hanging out with the wrong crowd. We may have ended up experimenting with drugs, violence or sex because of these unsavory friendships. As we have become parents ourselves, many of us have done that which we vowed never to do. We have utter the same words to our children; “I don’t want you hanging around those kids.”
Solomon tells us today something that we have learned from experience. If you walk with wise people, their influence is going to affect you. If you are not in school but everyone you hang around with is in school, sooner or later you will begin thinking about going back to school. However the opposite is true also. If all of your friends have dropped out of school and feel that school is a waste of time, you will begin to feel the same way. You must watch the company you keep.
Lord, guide me in my relationships with others. Help me to walk with those that are wise. Lead me to people that will help me fulfill my destiny in you. Give me the strength to sever those relationships that are toxic to my relationship with you and detrimental to my calling. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.