(Proverbs 7:6 KJV) For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
There are two sides to the lesson here. First, it is possible to observe the foolishness of others. Having observed, it is possible to learn from the foolishness of others. In the circumstances explored in the following verses the foolishness is also obvious sin, adultery. We could extend the lesson in this verse to other areas of life.
Be an observer of life. Watch the people around you. It can help you know how to live. I am sure you have all had the experience of driving down the road and seeing cars ahead of you swerving. It could be that everyone ahead of you is drunk. It could be that all the cars in front of you are having mechanical problems. You might not be looking ahead, but you should be. If you are watching you will conclude that they are swerving to miss something. This will put you on the alert and make your driving safer.
You can do the same in the gestalt of life. Look at how children turn out when they receive no correction or guidance. How does a marriage develop when there is no real commitment to an eternal God? What happens to finances when there is no discipline? Look and learn.
On the other hand, we should be aware that others observe our foolishness. We are not invisible. Think about who is observing you. Start with your children if you have any. Move on to other family members. Think about what your neighbors see. How about the people you work with? Do you have a “Christian” bumper sticker? What does that say to the drivers around you?
One problem is that we worry about what people think about our clothes and cars but not about our morals and priorities.
So evaluate your behavior. Don’t try to change everything today. Don’t become a slave to the opinions of others. Begin to modify areas of your life that God shows you need to be brought into conformity to His will. If you are not on the Highway of Holiness, at least look for the on ramp.