Monday, June 26, 2017

Sibling Rivalry

Wisdom has built her house…she has also set her table...she takes her seat on the highest places.  ‘Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding’…the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom…The woman Folly is loud; she is undisciplined and without knowledge…she takes a seat on the highest places… calling to those who pass by… ‘Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!’” Proverbs 9:13-14.

Wisdom and Folly…they are spiritual sisters who will always be at odds.  They live estranged from each other and neither delights in the other.  And yet they are called to walk out the same journey but they make very different decisions.  One methodically and intentionally invests in the future while the other lives in the now.  Wisdom builds her house on the spiritual truths of God while Folly builds her foolish reputation by walking in the impulses of the world.  Wisdom carefully sets the table for her guests serving baskets of righteousness and goblets of grace.  Folly is too busy shouting temptations and chasing after things that are of no substance.  Both sisters take their seats in the highest places of our minds and hearts.  Who will we hear? 

The translation for simple in this passage is without moral direction and inclined to evil. Of course, as long as we are on this earth we still qualify for simple living.  I couldn’t help but be amused by the contradiction of the word and its lifestyle.  Our lives are anything but simple when we fail to use a moral compass in our daily walk.  Lady Wisdom tells us that life really doesn’t begin until we walk away from our sin or weakness.  She also understands that her name originates by living a life revering God.  Her sister Folly deserves no special title because Folly walks in the foolishness of the world. 

Both ladies send us invitations to visit their home.  Both ladies call out to us from their desire to share their offerings.  Lady Wisdom wishes to give and Folly only knows how to take.  Let us choose well when considering where our time will best be spent.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’ Matthew 6:33.

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