Wisdom & Folly

Lady Wisdom has built and furnished her home; it’s supported by seven hewn timbers.

The banquet meal is ready to be served: lamb roasted, wine poured out, table set with silver and flowers.

Having dismissed her serving maids, Lady Wisdom goes to town, stands in a prominent place, and invites everyone within sound of her voice:

’Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on? Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me!

I’ve prepared a wonderful spread—fresh-baked bread, roast lamb, carefully selected wines.

Leave your impoverished confusion and live! Walk up the street to a life with meaning.’
— Proverbs 9:1-6 (MSG)
Then there’s this other woman, Madame Folly— brazen, empty-headed, frivolous.

She sits on the front porch of her house on Main Street, and as people walk by minding their own business, calls out,
“Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on?

Steal off with me, I’ll show you a good time! No one will ever know—I’ll give you the time of your life.”

But they don’t know about all the skeletons in her closet, that all her guests end up in hell.
— Proverbs 9:13-18 (MSG)

Two Tables

Most of my life my family has had the same dinning table around which we ate most of our meals. It's a large wooden table that seats up to eight people. When I think about Lady Wisdom's dinner table, this table reminds me of this description.

We would gather around that table for dinner every night and talk about our how are days and weeks were going. After dinner we would often spend time as a family looking at a passage of Scripture and talk about it. 

In college, we had a different table in my apartment. During my senior year we had one little table in our living space. I think I sat at that table once...

While I did spend time studying and in class, I also spent more time playing video games and slacking off. That's what I think of when I think of Madame Folly.

Two ways of life

In Proverbs 9 we find a dichotomy showing two approaches to life. Madame Folly calls people to come and "have a great time!" with her. It's a life in the wind; a life of foolishness that she calls people to. Her call is enticing because it sounds fun. But the writer of Proverbs warns it's not the life we may expect.

Lady Wisdom, however, calls people FROM the streets to sit and eat dinner with her. It's a call to sit, talk, relax and learn. It's a call to enjoy the feast that Wisdom has prepared. There is a sense from this passage that Wisdom brings far more fulfillment than Folly. 

Whose table do you consider yours? Do you take each day as just an opportunity to "have a great time!" or do you take time join the feast of Wisdom God so desperately desires you to partake in?