To Whom are You Listening?

Proverbs 9:1-6 ESV

“Wisdom has built her house;
she has hewn her seven pillars.
She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.
She has sent out her young women to call
from the highest places in the town,
‘Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!’
To him who lacks sense she says,
‘Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
Leave your simple ways, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.’”

Wisdom Calls Out

Who are the simple? They are those who lack understanding, who perhaps are easily led astray. They are the gullible, the naïve, and the trusting. They are those who are ripe to be deceived because they trust easily. They, perhaps, are also the merciful, the ones who have compassion for others, which is one of the reasons that they might get talked into things easily.

So, godly Wisdom is calling out to the simple to leave their simple ways, to forsake their naivety and their gullibleness and to walk in the ways of insight and understanding. For, it is not good to be naïve and to be too trusting of others who might be deceptive and manipulative. For the manipulative are the ones who prey upon the naïve and the compassionate.

I know that I used to be the naïve and very trusting, even though I had been hurt by others many times over. And part of that is because I was (still am) a compassionate person whose heart goes out to the hurting. But through many difficult circumstances in my life (the “school of hard knocks”) I learned wisdom and understanding, and I am still learning.

It is good to be a compassionate person who cares about others, but it is not good if that is not coupled with wisdom and discernment. We need both! We need to not get hardened by the “hard knocks” of life so that we become insensitive to the needs of others or to where we lack compassion. But if our compassion is lacking in wisdom, it can lead us in the wrong direction.

So, we need to learn from our mistakes, and from our times when we lacked good judgment so that we don’t repeat those same errors. We need to let godly wisdom and good counsel do its work in our hearts and minds so that we gain understanding and good judgment, and so that we don’t fall prey to deception and manipulation anymore.

For there are many liars and deceivers out there in the church, in the government, in the news (and social) media and elsewhere. And lies and deceptions abound all over the place. So, this is a call to not trust everything that we read or hear or think we see, but to test it all in prayer, in the study of God’s word (in context), and in the exercise of discernment.

Don’t stop caring about people. Don’t stop being compassionate and merciful. Those are great qualities to have! But couple them with discernment, wisdom, and understanding. Don’t fall for every sad story. Social media is ripe for people to prey on vulnerable and compassionate people. Let God fill you with his wisdom.

Proverbs 9:13-18 ESV

“The woman Folly is loud;
she is seductive and knows nothing.
She sits at the door of her house;
she takes a seat on the highest places of the town,
calling to those who pass by,
who are going straight on their way,
‘Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!’
And to him who lacks sense she says,
‘Stolen water is sweet,
and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.’
But he does not know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.”

Folly is Loud!

Not only is Wisdom calling out to the naïve and the trusting, but so is Folly. And Folly’s voice is very loud and strong and it is everywhere. Folly’s voice comes from the liars, the deceivers, the manipulative, and those who are given over to the desires of the flesh. So, if we are not wise and discerning we might fall prey to Folly’s deceptions and manipulations.

Folly’s voice can be heard through the mouths of preachers, politicians, famous people, people of influence in this world, the news media, social media, advertisements, music, the internet, movies, TV shows, electronic games, educational establishments, books, magazines, and the like. And, again, if we are not people who are exercising wisdom, discernment, and good judgment, we might easily fall prey for Folly’s voice.

Many professing Christians are easy prey for Folly’s voice because they are not following the counsel of God, but the counsel of men in their worldly wisdom. They are following after a diluted cheap grace gospel which allows them to live by their feelings rather than to walk by faith, and which excuses away their sinful practices rather than putting them to death.

So, if we don’t want to fall prey to Folly, we have to not believe the lies of the enemy just because they sound good to itching ears. We have to not join in with those who compromise the truth of Scriptures to appeal to the flesh of mankind. But we must be students of the Scriptures who study them in context and who pray to God for wisdom and understanding.

For, Folly’s voice is very loud and it is immense and it is being spread everywhere. And the masses are following Folly’s voice instead of the voice of God and of godly wisdom and counsel. And that is because Folly is teaching people that they can be saved from their sins and bound for heaven while they continue in their sinful addictions.

Folly is twisting the Scriptures to her advantage in order to lead people astray with her lies. She is convincing the masses that they can continue to do what they know is evil, and that their lifestyles don’t have to change, but that God still forgives them and invites them into his heaven. So, she turns evil into something good and what is good into evil.

But what those who follow after Folly fail to realize, not necessarily out of ignorance, but out of a refusal to accept the truth, is that if they continue in their sinful practices, and they do not walk in obedience to the Lord, and sin is what they practice, and righteousness is not what they practice, that they will not inherit eternal life with God but will face the wrath of God.

So, don’t believe the lies. Learn the truth from reading the Bible verse by verse, in context. And then obey what it teaches you. For your eternity depends upon you hearing and obeying the truth and you no longer following after the lies. For Jesus died on that cross that we might die with him to sin and live to him and to his righteousness.

[Lu 9:23-26; Jn 6:35-58; Jn 15:1-11; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-17; Eph 4:17-24; 1 Pet 2:24; 1 Co 6:9-10, 19-20; 2 Co 5:10, 15; Tit 2:11-14; Jas 1:22-25; Gal 5:16-21; Eph 5:3-6; Gal 6:7-8; Rom 2:6-8; Matt 7:21-23; Heb 10:26-27; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Rom 12:1-2; Eph 2:8-10]

Pie Jesu

Songwriter: Andrew Lloyd-Webber

Merciful Jesus,
Pie Jesu,

Who takes away the sins of the world
Qui tollis peccata mundi

Give them rest, grant them rest
Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem

Lamb of God
Agnus Dei,

Who takes away the sins of the world
Qui tollis peccata mundi

Grant them eternal rest
Dona eis requiem

Forever
Sempiternam

Requiem
Requiem

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