Read: Proverbs 9
Key Verses: Proverbs 9:13-18. “The woman named Folly is brash. She is ignorant and doesn’t know it. She sits in her doorway on the heights overlooking the city. She calls out to men going by who are minding their own business. “Come in with me,” she urges the simple. To those who lack good judgment, she says, “Stolen water is refreshing; food eaten in secret tastes the best!” But little do they know that the dead are there. Her guests are in the depths of the grave.”
Devotional: We all know that one person who seems to make consistently poor choices. It’s obvious to everyone, except them right? We scroll their social media in disbelief at their inability to see it. We clearly see the ramifications of their ill thought out decisions. It’s as obvious as the nose on their face, yet they miss it altogether. Poor choice after poor choice, they continue on as if it all makes perfect sense.
Very few people are fully aware of their own ignorance. Most people assume that they’re doing okay. It’s the old adage, “You don’t know what you don’t know because you don’t know it.” That’s why those who aren’t aware of their own ignorance can so convincingly lure other unsuspecting people into their ridiculousness. It’s why they can come across so confident as they speak of their own foolishness.
Proverbs 9 gives a name to this person. “Folly” is painted as an adversary to wisdom. She is brash and ignorant. She positions herself in places of prominence and reaches out to those who are simple, to those who lack good judgement. With all that she has she attempts to convince others that she has discovered another way. Folly believes in what she is doing. She believes in her way of life. She believes in her choices. She believes that she is on the right path.
Because of her passion and conviction, there is a danger is conversing with Folly. Pause long enough and Folly will bend your ear as well. She will make promises that unbeknownst to her, she is unable to keep. Folly seems plausible.
You and I can have many similarities to Folly. We often become convinced that our choices, our habits and our words are correct without ever stopping to run them through the filter of wisdom. So passionate are we that we spend time luring others into our way of thinking, our way of speech and our way of living. It all makes perfect sense…to us.
The wisdom of Proverbs 9 tell us to perform regular check ups on what we’ve become convinced is the right way. We must never allow ourselves to be convinced by ourselves. Right living is always affirmed by wisdom. If the only people who agree with your choices, behaviors and speech patterns are you and those you have chosen to surround yourself with, tread cautiously. Folly has become your companion.
Take Action: Think through why you are convinced that what you say and do is right. To whom or what are you looking to for comparison? Are you often the only one that agrees with what you’ve done or said? Can you readily identify Folly as your companion? What would it look like for you to end that relationship and develop greater intimacy with wisdom?
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