We can get wisdom from many places – thinking, experience, listening, discipline, etc. But Solomon makes it clear – that all wisdom is from God. When I really dig into God’s Word, I can grow a wisdom that is beyond my years. That is why the first part of this book is directed at the young – the hope is that they will learn wisdom from God before they make mistakes that may ruin their lives, or put them on a harmful path.
Two paths are talked about in chapter 2, and they are just as relevant now as they were thousands of years ago: bad company, and sexual temptation. Make no mistake – these two things are still ruining lives today. And what is amazing about foolishness – is that the fool has no desire to leave his or her path of ruin – keeping the same harmful friends or continuing in their sexual life that is not in God’s will – even calling these foolish ways “normal” or “good”.
The challenge is simple – pursue wisdom more than money, more than anything – that is the pursuit of God, and the path to a good, joyful, and holy life. It is a rare life, but the life we were made for.