Focus Scripture: Proverbs 9
It struck me as odd that both Wisdom and Folly invite the Simple into their houses. But the more I thought about it and reread this (short) chapter in Proverbs that this was a significant detail of this chapter. Proverbs 9 is telling us that even if we are Simple we can be welcomed by Wisdom or Folly. Either is welcoming us. Either Wisdom or Folly is our future. How do we tell the difference?
Wisdom correct us, rebukes us, and teaches us. Folly says that stolen water is best and food eaten in secret is delicious. That seems very strange--unless you've ever been on a diet. Here is a humorous piece from a website (http://1fatgirlshrinking.com/2012/02/20/calorie-leakage-and-other-tales-we-hope-are-true/):
RULES FOR THIS DIET:
1. If you eat something and no one sees you eat it, it has no calories.
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4. Food used for medicinal purposes NEVER counts, such as hot chocolate, brandy, toast and Tim Bits.
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7. Cookie pieces contain no calories. The process of breaking causes calorie leakage.
8. Things licked off knives and spoons have no calories if you are in the process of preparing something.
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How many dieters have convinced themselves (ok, maybe just lied to themselves) that the "bites" that they eat in secret, between meals, don't count?
In this sense, a passage about Folly convincing us that food eaten in secret is delicious begins to make sense--as long as we understand that this is symbol--not literal. Folly tries to convince us that what we know is bad for us is actually good. Folly tries to convince us that what we know is wrong is sweet. It seems that Proverbs understood humor thousands of years before the humor was even written.
To think about: How often do we lie to ourselves, thereby joining Folly, rather than wisdom?
Prayer: God, open my eyes to the ways in which I accept Folly's invitation by lying to myself or shielding my eyes from the truth. Help me to accept Wisdom's teachings. Help me to grow in your Wisdom and love. Amen.