Bible Reading: Proverbs 9.13-18
The woman of folly is boisterous, she is naive and knows nothing. She sits at the doorway of her house, on a seat by the high places of the city, calling to those who pass by, who are making their paths straight: "Whoever is naive, let him turn in here," and to him who lacks understanding she says, "Stolen water is sweet; and bread eaten in secret is pleasant." But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol. Proverbs 9.13-18
What is the difference between a wise person and a foolish one? This passage, along with several of the preceding verses compares a wise man with one who listens to the woman of folly, or foolishness. The main difference as I see it is one of intent.
Have you ever seen a child tell his parents, “Mom. Dad. When I grow up, I want to be a fool!”? Nope, neither have I. No one intentionally sets out to ruin their own lives. People do, however, make poor decisions at times. When those decisions involve temptation, that’s where the trouble usually begins. Avoiding temptation is not always possible. When we are tempted, we must consistently learn to say no.
It’s not easy raising children. It’s one of the hardest things an adult can do. As we raise them, let us determine in our hearts which way to lead them, with wisdom, rather than folly. As for us adults, this applies to us as well. It’s never too late to abandon the poor choices of our past, or even the poor choices made earlier today and ask the Lord for wisdom. Ask God to provide you with clear and wise direction. Listen to those wise persons around you. Give heed to godly advice. Above all else, give thanks to the Lord of all wisdom daily, for loving you in all grace. Let us all live out our lives the way Christ would have us to do. Be His disciples, instead of being children of the world.
Memory Verse: The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate. Proverbs 8.13