Proverbs 9 describes Wisdom and Folly as two women; both sitting on seats at the highest point of the city, both calling out to those who pass by, “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
Two completely different women, exactly the same words. Two completely different houses, one offer. Two completely different lives on offer at the two different houses. How does simple ole me choose between the two?
From the text, observation is the key. If we are to choose between wisdom and folly we must open our eyes and begin by observing what they offer.
Proverbs 9:1 says
Wisdom has built her house; she has set up it’s seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her servants.
Wisdom is well thought out, hard working, planned, organised and she has help.
Wisdom offers you life in the food she has made, she offers insight.
Proverbs 9:13 says
Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing.
Proverbs 9:17 says she offers “stolen water” and “food eaten in secret”.
Folly offers death.
Proverbs 9:18 says,
Little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.
So, Wisdom offers life, Folly offers death. Am I wise or am I a fool?
We can check ourselves by the rule of thumb given in Proverbs 9:7-9;
Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.
Whether we are wise or a fool can be seen in our response to correction, rebuke and instruction. We can see it in others the same way, and this may help us understand other people’s responses, but Proverbs 9 is not about judging others. Proverbs 9 is about being transformed ourselves. Removing the log before the speck so to speak.
The biggest gem is Proverbs 9:10-12
10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 11For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. 12If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.
Like I said last week in my Proverbs 8 10min challenge being wise is about seeking God’s wisdom and living by it, not just knowing it. The beginning of wisdom is putting God above everything. When we fear the Lord, we fear nothing else. Our Daddy God is bigger and scarier than all we face. His wrath is stronger, and his power greater than any other power in the universe. When we put that in perspective we begin to be wise, because we are set on the path to understanding the magnitude of his love.
When we fear God first, none of our anxieties or worries will rush us, or force us into the house of Folly, instead we will seek out the house of Wisdom.
Be encouraged to fear the Lord above all today, be blessed by the magnitude of his love, and the wisdom he offers.
Lots of love,
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