"Wisdom Cries Out"

"Wisdom Cries Out"

Leave Your Simple Ways

“Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.” (Proverbs 9.6)

Not every choice we make will alter the course of life, but some will. In our spiritual walk we are given two invitations: to walk the way of wisdom or the way of folly. Whichever we choose will determine the course of our eternity. The tricky thing is these two invitations often seem identical at first glance. In Proverbs 9, both wisdom and folly invite the simple person to spend time with them (Proverbs 9.4, 16). But what makes these invitations different is not what they promise, but where they take you.

Notice that foolishness says, “Come as a fool and stay as a fool” (Proverbs 9.16-17), but wisdom says, “Come as you are, and be changed” (Proverbs 9.6). The way of the fool is easy and temporarily satisfying, but ends in death (Proverbs 9.18). The way of wisdom transforms and leads to life (Proverbs 9.6).

We receive many invitations in the form of the people we choose to spend time with, the places we choose to go, the way we spend our time, etc. Our choices in these situations will determine the course of our lives. The point is, we have a choice to make. Will we walk in wisdom or foolishness?

The choice you make today may not produce an immediate consequence, but it will affect you in the long run. As you consider your choices this week, listen to the wisdom from the father: “If you want to live, give up your foolishness and let understanding guide your steps." (Proverbs 9.6, CEV).