Book: Proverbs 9
“The woman named Folly is brash. She is ignorant and doesn’t know it. She sits in her doorway on the heights overlooking the city.”
The opposite to folly or foolishness is wisdom. Here a picture is drawn of a person standing in a prominent place boldly speaking their opinion so that everyone can hear, but their message is empty and without understanding. This person doesn’t speak truth nor care to understand truth but instead has exchanged it for the instant gratification of being in the spotlight. It doesn’t bother them that they are leading others down the wrong path. Their goal is to lead others away from what is best for them.
Wisdom on the other hand is a teacher to those who will listen. It brings hope and security now and in the future. It provides understanding so that choices and decisions will bring success instead of destruction. With the foundation of fearing God, wisdom directs you to the Kingdom of God whereas folly leads directly to the kingdom of destruction.
I have noticed in debates that those who speak with harsh judgmental words and are the loudest usually are the ones with the weakest argument. Yet many people will follow the boisterous leader. Just because the majority agrees with a leader’s argument doesn’t make it wise. Wisdom always leads to the understanding of truth.
When Stephen addressed the Council in Acts 7 he walked them through their history starting with Abraham. In verses 23 – 29 he shared the story of Moses in Egypt who up intervened between an Israelite and an Egyptian. The result was the death of the Egyptian. Moses thought that this would show his people, the Israelites that he was for them and that God had sent him. The next day, once again Moses came across two men fighting except this time it was two Israelites. When he tried to intervene and make peace it says, “But the man in the wrong pushed Moses aside. ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us?’ he asked. ‘Are you going to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’” Yes, Moses should not have killed the Egyptian but this man in the wrong, was using an argument that deflected his own foolishness. He was not interested in truth but rather winning his fight.
When you hear an argument or debate, take time to consider where the wisdom is and where the folly is. Ask the question, how does God see things and what Bible verses give guidance to the situation. Ask God to show you the truth and give you the understanding to be wise.