As I have mentioned before, I read a proverb each day as part of my quiet time. Today is chapter 9, which compares Wisdom and Folly.
“Wisdom has built her house;” hewing it out of seven pillars (Proverbs 9:1). Why seven? Seven is the number of perfection. Wisdom does not need to add or subtract from what it has made; it is perfect, complete.
Wisdom calls out to the simple to come and eat at her table and to gain wisdom, to learn and to gain understanding (see verses 2-5). “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom! And knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9:10).” “Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight (verse 6).”
Therefore Wisdom leads to life. “For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life (verse 11).”
Folly on the other hand… “Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing (verse 13).” If Folly knows nothing what can she impart? There is nothing that she knows that is worth being shared with others. Her view of life is skewed. “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious (verse 17).”
Therefore Folly leads to destruction. “But little do they know that the dead are there [in Folly’s house], that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead (verse 18).”
Every time I use Wisdom I am pleased with the results, there are no concerns or worries about the outcome. But when Folly has been involved, then I am guaranteed problems. I know I will have to apologize to someone (or more than one “someone”) later on.
Folly truly leads to nothing but trouble. Wisdom, however, leads to blessings. In Proverbs 4:7 it says, “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost you all you have, get understanding.”
I don’t know about you, but I have experienced enough Folly in my life that I can do without it for the next 60+ years (which would make me 102).
Wisdom is something I do not want to do without for the next 60+ years.
I choose Wisdom. Though it cost me all I have.
What about you?