Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path– Proverbs 2:9
With all the new philosophy, technology, and insight that we have in our day, is this promise still relevant? You may be asking yourself, “Do I need to understand these things?”
The answer is a resounding, “Yes!” You need to understand righteousness; you need to understand judgment and equity (justice). You see, these truths are not like Plato’s philosophy, or Shakespeare’s observations, or Descartes' theories. These truths are more like the law of gravity; they never become irrelevant and always need to be understood on a basic level.
If you do not understand what is right and wrong, what is good and bad, how to make wise decisions, what is fair and equitable — then you will be like the person jumping off a building that does not understand the law of gravity. Thinking you are too enlightened or educated for “that nonsense” will not keep you from crashing to the ground.
Similarly, if you do not understand the eternal and unchanging standard of righteousness, which is founded in God’s good and immutable character, then you will come crashing down. Life will be like studying for the wrong test, or preparing for the wrong calamity — you will be caught suddenly and tragically unawares. There is no defying or suspending the truth of God.
But to those who pursue God’s truth, they are promised understanding of “every good path.” Think of it! God’s wisdom for every moment, every action, every decision. The promise—and the danger—could not be greater.