We’ve talked a lot about Wisdom and her benefits. But let’s take a look at her counterpart, Folly.
The woman Folly is loud;
she is undisciplined and without knowledge.
She 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.
“Stolen water is sweet;
food eaten in secret is delicious!”
But little do they know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of the grave. (9:13-18 NIV)
Webster’s defines folly as “lack of good sense or normal prudence and foresight”. How right that is! When a person lacks good sense they do tend to be undisciplined. They tend to go against rules and cause problems in relationships. The sense to not burn bridges disappears. They don’t know how to act in society and therefore not be able to be good witnesses to others.
Since the true description of Folly is so bad, why do so many follow her ways? Because she is so loud! She makes sure that she is visible and appealing. She is tempting and when you taste her it can be sweet. It can feel good. Pleasure is one of the things that really gets a person’s attention. Pleasure is not necessarily bad. But it is not necessarily good either. But that is how she gets you. What is not bad draws you in. What becomes bad keeps you in.
What can you do to avoid Folly and focus more on Wisdom? You need to be more aware. You need to become humble to allow Wisdom to take root instead of letting Folly rule. Defenses can be erected against Folly. But only if you are willing to do so. Willingness only comes from surrender to God and a desire to learn more of His Word.
To start, pray to God for a molded heart. Then begin a study of the Bible to obtain more knowledge of His Word. Don’t forget to continue surrendering yourself daily.