Monday, June 04, 2012

June 4, 2012 … The Two Women In Our Lives

Passage of the Day: Reference of Today’s Chronological Bible Study: Proverbs, Chapters 7-9 To study these chapters, go to this link

Highlight Passage: Proverbs 7: 1-5: [NKJV]… 1 My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you. 2 Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye. 3 Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to wisdom, You are my sister, And call understanding your nearest kin, 5 That they may keep you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words. 
 Highlight Passage #2: Proverbs 8: 1-2 :[NKJV] … 1 Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice? Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice? 2 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, Beside the way, where the paths meet. 
Highlight Passage #3: Proverbs :9 1, 13-15 :[NKJV] … 1 Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars; … 13 A foolish woman is clamorous; She is simple, and knows nothing. 14 For she sits at the door of her house, On a seat by the highest places of the city, 15 To call to those who pass by, Who go straight on their way.  

My Journal for Today: Reading on in Proverbs, chapters 7-9 today, God pictures our everyday struggles of the mind verses the flesh as our response to the proclamations of a woman of wisdom (appealing to the mind) and the allures of the woman of folly (appealing to the flesh). Two women in our lives, … both clamoring for us to follow them, … but using two very different strategies.

The woman, wisdom, is solid, resourceful, and always able to provide all we need for life; but she is pitted against the thieving woman of the senses, the one who clamors with her alluring, sweet voice, which appeals to every part of our flesh. What the woman of folly can supply is only passing; but it is ever so sweet. The woman wisdom, on the other hand, is rock solid; and when we choose to listen to her, she can provide us with all we need to live in life. The fool’s harlot, however, can only give us temporary pleasure, which always leads to some degree of death in our soul.

Solomon wanted his son (as God wants all believers) to recognize that the pursuit of truth (i.e., wisdom) gives all we need for life; and the response to the folly of sensuous pleasure can only lead to death when we choose to respond to her siren call to our senses. And everyday Solomon’s son (and that’s all of us) are going to be faced with these two women, wisdom and folly, crying out for us to follow them; and the one we choose to follow will lead us to life or death.

Jesus gave His disciples this choice one day as a group of followers came after Him. He said (in Luke 9: 23 “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me” In that moment Jesus was speaking the voice of wisdom to those who will also hearing the voice of folly calling to their senses; but they (we) must choose to follow the ultimate voice of wisdom; and that is Jesus as He speaks His truth through His word.

Today, my dear one, we are going to be hearing the voice of the two women, wisdom and folly, crying out to our minds and our senses. We will have to respond to one of them. Which will it be?

My Prayer Today: … Lord, I am here in Your word this morning, listening to Your beautiful voice of wisdom; … and I choose to follow You. Show me Your way of life. Amen

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