In Proverbs 9, today’s chapter, Solomon is trying to make readers understand that two “forces” are in competition for our soul: good and evil. You have good portrayed here as a great queen who has set a great feast for all who will attend. She announces this feast from the highest point in the city so all can hear:
4 “Let all who are simple come in here!” she says to those who lack judgment. 5 “Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. 6 Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.
Then, you have evil, the woman Folly, who also announces her party from the highest point in the city:
16 “Let all who are simple come in here!” she says to those who lack judgment. 17 “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!”
Solomon is pointing out that the invitations, although similar, contain obvious clues as to the results of attending one party over the other.
It’s no secret that sin is fun for a season (Heb 11:25) but the end result is death and destruction:
18 But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave.
The encouragement today is to leave our simple ways and walk in the way of understanding. She is not hiding and not difficult to find. She, like Folly, is announcing her invitation from the highest point in the city. But, we must be willing to accept the invitation that is going to be beneficial to us in the long run, rather than the invitation that appeals more to our flesh and short-term pleasure. It is a choice we make every day. Which “force” will you choose? Choose this day to seek wisdom and understanding. Spend some time listening to God and communicating with Him, allowing your relationship with Him to become more intimate. The reward is life and peace.