Saturday, November 1, 2014

Compare And Contrast

Right choices are sometimes obvious, occasionally hidden, perhaps difficult, unfortunately painful and even every now and then, when least expected, pleasant and rewarding.  Yet, there is one thing that is certain: with every choice we make there is a consequence that comes with it. Sometimes, when we make a choice, the results may even surprise us or others. Consequences vary and do cause changes that can be enjoyable or painful.
Frequently the consequence of a choice is known at the time we make our decision. Other times it is “wait and see.” But we all know that “payday” will come someday.
In the ninth chapter of Proverbs, Solomon clearly compares and contrasts the differences between a woman who is wise and a woman who is foolish or “wicked.” Both offer an invitation to a feast they have prepared. Both are inviting people to enjoy their company. Both are sitting in a place of prominence where they can be seen and heard.
Wisdom, on one hand, lacks nothing - it is complete, perfect and available. Yet, wisdom must be pursued with lifelong diligence. It is a never-ending quest that brings insight.  It adds joy, satisfaction and peace to life.
Folly, or wickedness, on the other hand, appeals to the senses and a moment of ecstasy following a time of excitement. It is temporary, often enjoyable and seems to gratify some basic need. Yet, it has no future and is short lived. It brings no lasting satisfaction. It provides an interlude of “escape,” but ends in destruction and death.
 Choices determine the outcome of life. Choose wisely.
Prayer:  Father, our choices are eternal. May we choose wisely. May we choose life. May we choose You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 9:1 & 3 Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars. She has sent out her servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city,

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