May 28: wisdom and folly

Do you ever find that some of the best things about life can also be our greatest downfalls? There are certain foods that I love to eat, but if I eat too much of them I soon regret it. And yet, I keep craving more of what is truly a gift.

There are two verses in Proverbs 9 that underscores the ambiguity of evil. Verse 6: “Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight.” Verse 16: “Let all who are simple come to my house!” It is simple, and yet, not so simple at all.

The line between wisdom and folly is not so clear. For instance, the gift of persuasive speaking is a good thing, but it can bring life or death. Evil can insert itself into that which on its surface is good. I keep reading the wisdom of Solomon and wonder where did a man with so much wisdom go wrong? When we are tempted, isn’t it usually by something God created for good? Our “love” of whatever it is gets distorted.

Christ, the Wisdom of God, came to set our love right.

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