Daredevils, illusionists—we may enjoy watching their stunts or tricks, but we would never attempt them ourselves. Why? We recognize the risk and danger involved in jumping a motorcycle over 30 semi-trucks or trying to free oneself from handcuffs while underwater. Try that myself? No way! It’s not worth the risk. However, many of us think nothing of the risks we take in choosing our friends. Look at Proverbs 13: 20 (NIV):
“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”
The Bible defines a “fool” as someone opposed to the things of God. God’s commands and His Word don’t make their radar screen. Their company may be attractive and they may have the cool factor going on, but hang with these guys or gals, and you’ll suffer for it.
So, how do you check out a potential friend? Find out about their family. What is important to them? What are their values? What kind of choices do they make? Wisdom and foolishness are pretty easy to ID, so take a step back and examine who you are walking with and where they are going. It may be time to take a U-turn.