“(Wisdom) calls from the highest point of the city. ‘Let all who are simple come in here!’ she says to those who lack judgment.”Proverbs 9:3-4
“(Folly) sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way. ‘Let all who are simple come in here!’ she says to those who lack judgment.”Proverbs 9:13-16
My dad was an identical twin, and looked so much like his brother that they were often confused for each other. In college they were both members of the same fraternity, and my dad couldn’t make it to the photo session for the annual fraternity picture. He actually called the photographer, told him he was a twin, and asked if the photographer would use his brother’s picture twice, but put my dad’s name under one of them. The photographer did! People who see the pictures comment on how much these two twins resemble each other. Although I certainly saw the resemblance in them, I had no trouble telling the two of them apart.
Just because two people look the same doesn’t mean they are the same. So too with words. Notice in the Proverbs above that both Wisdom and Folly stand at the same place and cry out with the exact same words, ‘Let all who are simple come in here!’ But though the invitation is the same, the destination is decidedly different. To whom will you listen? Every day we stand at a crossroads of decision, and every day we hear voices calling to us that tell us their way is the better way. The discerning will know the difference between the voice of Wisdom and the voice of Folly, and will make the right choice. The right choice is often the more difficult one at the outset, but will be the easier path in the end.
Which path will you choose?