If you turn your ear to wisdom (Proverbs 2:2), apply your heart to understanding (Prov. 2:2), call out for insight (Prov. 2:3), and cry aloud for understanding (Prov. 2:3), then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God (Prov. 2:5).
Why? Because the LORD gives wisdom and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding (Prov. 2:6). Not only that, but the LORD holds victory in store for the upright, and is a shield to those whose walk is blameless (Prov. 2:7) for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones (Prov. 2:8).
Why is the Lord telling us this? Because only then will we understand what is right and just and fair – every good path (Prov. 2:9).
This matters much because such wisdom, knowledge, discretion, and understanding will protect and guard you (Prov. 2:10-11) from those who are wicked (Prov. 2:12) and those who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways (Prov. 2:12-13). The followers of the crooked path delight in doing wrong, rejoice in the perverseness of evil, and are devious in their ways (Prov. 2:12-15). If you follow such as these you will not return to the paths of life (Prov. 2:19).
Led Zeppelin sang it: “Yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road [path] you’re on.”
My addendum: But you don’t know how long you have to make that change. Make the right choice. And do it now. Amen.
PS – Hopefully all of the posts that I’ve written on grace will clear me of any charges that I'm suggesting we "pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps through our own efforts.” I'm just walking with you to discover and then to stay upon the right path... as we find it described in Proverbs 2.