This week at Visio Dei we were in our second week in the book of Proverbs – the book of wisdom. The teaching this week begins with a father who is doing all that he can to impart wisdom to his son. He implores his son to stay away from “bad paths”, paths that will lead to destruction and death, and tells him to keep his feet on the path that leads to righteousness and life. Which path the son is on is largely dependent on the choices that he makes.
When we think back on our lives we can all remember times when we were on a particular path and had a choice to make – where to go to school, what to major in, what city to move to, what job to take, who to marry, etc. Those choices set us all on the paths we are on today. We also have all made a decision about the biggest choice of all – the choice to follow Jesus Christ or not.
Solomon then presents a choice that is represented by two women – Woman Wisdom and Woman Folly. It’s a stark choice. You can’t be in the middle on this one. You have to choose one or the other. The two women offer things that appear similar but in reality are very different and lead to very different outcomes. Both offer meals – Wisdom offers meat and wine; Folly offers water and stolen bread. Wisdom invites you to walk in the way of insight and live; Folly doesn’t tell you that her house is filled with the dead.
We took three main points from this look at Solomon’s illustration:
- Choices matter – the ability to choose for ourselves is held sacred in our culture. The choices that we make shape, define who we are, affect those around us and determine our future. Proverbs exhorts us to choose wisely; not to “lean on our own understanding” but to seek the Lord in making wise choices.
- The little choices are more important than the big choices – Proverbs isn’t going to tell you where to go to college or who to marry. It’s going to talk to you about patience and the words that come out of your mouth and being generous with the poor and what type of person to marry and what type of person to be in your marriage. It’s as if it is saying, ‘This isn’t a one time choice. It’s an all-the-time choice.’ You have to choose how you treat people and what you say to people every day. These types of choices end up being far more important than the big ones.
- The biggest choice is to choose to recognize our need for God – when it comes to making decisions, the best choice we can make is to say this: “I don’t even know what the right thing to do is.” So often we think WE are wise and know what’s best. When we make decisions this way we are choosing to follow Woman Folly. Both Woman Folly and Woman Wisdom are located at the highest point in the city, the place where the temple was, the place of worship. Ultimately, we will choose to follow God and admit that he knows best or we will play God ourselves and think that we know best.
The message started this week with a discussion about different paths. In John 14:6 Jesus tells us this, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Jesus is ultimately the one who is wise. Following him will lead to wise decisions and so he calls us to follow.
Questions for going deeper:
- What are some of the biggest decisions you have made in your life? What little decisions do you make every day?
- What process do you use to make those decisions?
- How can you work to seek the Lord in the little decisions you make every day?
- What have you chosen in regards to the biggest choice of all – the choice to follow Jesus as Lord or not?
Band for the week was:
- Julie Watkins – vox
- Scott Wenger – bass
- Zack Van Hoy – drums
- Jon Pritchett – guitar
- Alex Dellapenta – guitar + vox
- Patrick Downing – guitar + vox
Setlist for the week was:
- Exalted One
- Hosanna in the Highest
- To Know Your Name
- How He Loves