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?