January 16

“For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol; she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it.” Proverbs 5:3-6

“Does not wisdom call out? On the heights beside the way…O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense. Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right, for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. They are all straight to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.” (Proverbs 8:1-9)

The forbidden, adulterous, foolish woman whispers sweet nothings to her prey. She symbolizes all that is evil in the world, in our flesh, and especially Satan; her speech, claims to issue truth, but is actually all wickedness and godlessness. Her lips whisper and shout, schemes and traps are in everything that comes from them. Her goal is to ensnare us, hinder our walk with God, and tempt us to doubt Him.

 

By contrast, Lady wisdom speaks only the “real” truth; evil is poison to her lips. She is sincere, innocent, and dependable. She has built her house, set her table, and ready to serve. Folly, however, sits at her front door and calls for sinners to follow her to the lowest point, even to death, far from the “path of life.”

Every person must make a choice; no one is exempt. Either we follow the adulterous woman of sin, becoming a friend to the world, enslaved to our flesh, worshipping all that is opposed to God, or we follow Christ, “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). But lest we think this a one-time event, many choices and decisions call for our commitment to stay on the narrow road, exiting the wide highway of the world, to walk the path of life. The alternative is to wander off the path of wisdom in Christ, leading away from God.

Which way will you choose today, when you are out and about, or alone in your home?

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