Scripture: Proverbs 9 (focus 13-18)
Observation: In contrast to Wisdom, Folly is brash, ignorant, and seeks out those who lack good judgement. Anyone who follows Folly is destined for death; anyone who follows Wisdom will receive a reward.
Application: Have you ever gone somewhere or done something that you knew wasn’t a good idea?
I hope everyone who has ever been to high school has their hand raised – mine certainly is.
Every time I went to party I shouldn’t have gone to or hung out with a group of people I knew I shouldn’t be hanging out with, I was far from my best self. I was so insecure about not fitting in that I would do anything – say words I wouldn’t normally say, act ways I wouldn’t normally act. Because I wanted to be “cool,” I laid aside wisdom and embraced folly like a close friend.
Folly fools us:
“Stolen water is refreshing, food eaten in secret tastes best!” (v. 17)
Folly promises fame, popularity, escape from pain, elation… but it’s all temporary. It can’t possibly be permanent. Eventually, we find ourselves trapped – doing things we don’t want to do and becoming things we don’t want to become.
While folly makes false promises, wisdom makes this promise:
“Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.” (v. 11-12)
When is the last time you said something you wouldn’t normally say, acted in a way you wouldn’t normally act, all for a false sense of belonging or affirmation? How did folly get a foothold in your life? And how can you replace that foolishness with everlasting, fruitful wisdom?
Foolishness is fleeting. Wisdom is foundational.
Which will you choose?
Prayer: God, I pray you’ll reveal areas of foolishness in my life, and allow me to confess those to you right now. I pray I’ll choose wisdom over folly, what is foundational over what is fleeting. Amen.