The central question of Proverbs 17 is Where are you going? Who are you becoming? Who do you want to be?
Ginger has often commented that the thing that enables her to endure me is because she knows who I want to be. I want to be better than I am.
Now â€“ be careful! Because we all want to be better than we are! Our passage does not give us excuses. Proverbs is wonderful like this! Proverbs does not let us get away with wishful thinking! Proverbs does not let us escape into idealized "someday I'll become something..."
Indeed â€“ that is the fool, whose eyes 'are on the ends of the earth.'
Proverbs 17 asks you â€“ are your eyes set on wisdom? Not just who do you want to be â€“ but who are you becoming? Are you walking in the good way? Are you practicing those things that you want to become?!
It's easy to see all the foolish things happening around you. There are times when you just feel like telling everyone how wrong they are!