The venerable philosopher Yogi Berra (former New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher, given to unlikely and sometimes bizarre misstatements) once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it!”
Yes, but which direction?
In Proverbs 4, Solomon presents his son with a fork in the road: the road to wisdom and a harmonious life or the road to foolishness and a life of self-destruction. He begs his son to take the right road.
This option is before us through the entirely of life’s journey, and we are continuously being forced to choose. Yet the reasonableness of the right choice is well explained by Solomon. When we choose wisdom, she will reward us with honor, blessing, and success.
To be free to sail the seven seas, you must make yourself a slave to the compass. The compass is the wisdom of God. If we make ourselves slaves to the wisdom of God, to His Word, we will be free to sail the seven seas of life with the blessing of God. To ignore the law of wisdom is to run aground on the rocks of foolishness and bring unnecessary pain and hardship into our lives, as well as the lives of those whom we love and others whom our lives affect.
Another way of stating this principle is that you can be a slave to the toothbrush and free from cavities, or you can be free from the toothbrush and a slave to cavities. But you cannot be free from the toothbrush and free from cavities. That kind of absolute freedom doesn’t exist.
We cannot flaunt the laws of God and not pay a price. So seek wisdom. Choose wisdom. Make the conscious choice that you will walk the way of wisdom. The quality of your life and the lives of those whom you influence depend on it.
Holman Old Testament Commentary