In the opening chapters of the book of Proverbs, Wisdom is personified as a woman who invites young men into a special relationship with her. Wisdom stands in contrast to the “Loose Woman” or “Lady Folly” who also issues an invitation to young men to enter into a more carnal relationship with her. Wisdom promises peace, serenity, and a long and respectable life. Folly promises a good time and pleasure beyond compare. In chapter 1:29-33 Lady Wisdom displays her concern for those who are taking the invitation of lady Folly. She speaks and says…
1:29 For they hated knowledge
and chose not to fear the Lord.
30 They rejected my advice
and paid no attention when I corrected them.
31 Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way,
choking on their own schemes.
32 For simpletons turn away from me—to death.
Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.
33 But all who listen to me will live in peace,
untroubled by fear of harm.”
Let’s notice a few things that Wisdom is lamenting here.
1. These people were satisfied in their ignorance
2. These people made a choice to neither take God seriously nor respect God
3. These people were not open to sound advice
4. These people were offended by reproof or criticism
Wisdom goes on to say that these people must “eat the bitter fruit of living their own way.” Are we harvesting the fruit of living our own way? Is someone close to us harvesting bitter fruit? Let understand the way of wisdom that continues to issue the invitation to all of us…
We must want to understand and gain knowledge
We must respect the Lord God and trust His way of life
We must open ourselves up to sound advice from godly persons
We should expect reproof and criticism that helps us GROW
Wisdom promises that those “who listen will live in peace, untroubled by fear or harm…” Give me some of that life…please!
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