1 My son, keep my words
and treasure up my commandments with you;
2 keep my commandments and live;
keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
3 bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and call insight your intimate friend,
5to keep you from the forbidden woman,
from the adulteress with her smooth words.
Proverbs 7 – A warning to a son regarding sexual immorality and those who invite them to it. But it is also a metaphor regarding wisdom and folly. Folly entices with desirable things. It dresses up to look attractive. It deceives. It is out to rob you while pretending to be for you.
The metaphor is perfect. How the world chases after that which will ruin it. It is the height of foolishness and no one whose senses are really about them will fall for it. But the whole world does fall for it and in their wisdom they declare themselves to be fools. Don’t be a fool. Don’t fall for the trinkets and glitter that the world has to offer in money, comfort, and instant gratification. It is short sighted and foolish.
In verse 14 the woman says to the young man
14 I had to offer sacrifices,
and today I have paid my vows;
This is the saddest thing of all and it abounds today. Fools run away from God while appearing to be religious and faithful. They go to church, say the prayers, sing the songs and manage to even fool themselves that they are pleasing to God. This is true foolishness.
We live in times when it is very easy to play the hypocrite. But God is not mocked. He looks to the heart. Nothing in all creation is hid from Him.
Today, come into true wisdom. “It is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” And shed every trace of hypocrisy. Fix your eyes on Him and be truly wise and faithful.
Jesus Christ is true wisdom. He and He alone is the way away from folly.