Formed by Fellowship—Day 3
“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
Nevertheless, our devotional passage reminds us that although others contribute to shaping us, we are responsible for wisely choosing those contributors.
Question: Have you done a good job of surrounding yourself with wise companions?
When the preposition “with” is connected to the verb halakh “to walk” it means to associate with someone. “To walk” stresses a repetitive action that lasts. Walking with the wise means staying close and moving in the same direction they are moving in.
“He who walks with wise men will be wise.” In Hebrew will be wise is, châkam, khaw-kam means to be or become marked by the exercise of sound judgement.
Just imagine how much of a blessing it would be if we chose to walk consistently with those who make good decisions. Fellowship forms us. We would not be able to avoid some of their same traits.
As we continuously associate with the wise, eventually our ability to make wise choices improves which results in bearing good fruit.
Question: Why would we avoid keeping company with those who add virtue to our lives? What is wrong with us if we shun wise company?
Remember, we are given the opportunity to choose our company. Again, what kind of company are you keeping?
The writer of our devotional passage does not give us the impression of part-time association with wise people being beneficial. There are times when we walk with wise people for a period. However, it is not walking with wise people momentarily that is beneficial—we must be consistent.
Question: Are you discriminate regarding with whom you spend your time?
Lord, help us to consistently walk with wise company, Amen.