[Each chapter in the Book of Proverbs contains thoughts that fit into a theme; they are not just random thoughts gathered together. In this “Saturday In The Proverbs” series, I will share a theme that I see in each chapter. But the cool thing about God’s Word is that you may see an entirely different theme. That’s great! If you do, I would love for you to share it in the comments below.]
“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here…” (Proverbs 9:4, 16).
Both Wisdom and Folly call out to the same thing to people who are lacking understanding: “Come into my house!” So how do you tell the difference?
Simply put—Wisdom raises the bar, and Folly lowers it. Wisdom will make you work; Folly cuts corners.
Wisdom works hard to prepare for her guests. She then asks them to:
- eat what she prepared
- forsake their foolishness
- submit to correction
- learn new things
- fear God
Folly, on the other hand, is simply loud. She prepares nothing. Instead:
- she offers stolen goods
- she justifies breaking the rules
- she never corrects nor instructs
- she has no fear of God
- she simply looks for those who will go along with her
But only Wisdom can give knowledge of God, understanding of His ways, multiplied days, long life, and life-enhancing wisdom. Folly can give nothing but empty words and dead-ends.
Be careful of which hostess is asking you to “come into my house.”