The Bible makes it very clear that the fool is one who rejects revealed truth and instruction. Those two things always go together, Biblically. Once we know the “way” we are commanded to “walk ye in it.” The path of righteousness has been made manifest, and only a fool would reject the divine plea to heed it. In Psalms we learn, “the fool hath said in his heart there is no God.” This is followed by many admonitions in Proverbs to seek wisdom and instruction. It is further reinforced in chapter 12 where the Bible says, “he that hateth reproof is brutish.”
In this section of Scripture, we learn that in the path of wisdom our steps shall not be “straightened,” or hindered. It says that when we run we shall not stumble. Christian, let’s remember that we, too, are in a race. The Bible says that we are, “compassed about by so great a cloud of witnesses.” We are then encouraged to, “lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us.” To walk in the way of sin is to walk without wisdom, and to neglect instruction. This is why the Bible continues in Proverbs 4:13 by saying, “Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go.” Grab it, and don’t let go! She is your life. We can’t expect to lay aside “the sin which doth so easily beset us,” if we enter into the path of the wicked, and go in the way of evil men. Wisdom teaches that we are in the world, but not of the world.
To come out from among them and be separate is a command with a promise. To lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, is the way of blessing. We can’t make provision for the flesh to sin, and expect our steps to not be hindered. So in order to achieve the victorious Christian life, that place of promised rest, we have to take hold of instruction and not let go. We should recieve correction joyously, not begrudgingly. For, “whom the Lord loveth, He chasteneth.”