Two voices crying out, both inviting you to come in here. One is the voice of wisdom, the other is the voice of folly. Just as there were two trees in the garden (Genesis 1); there are always choices. Jesus said, you cannot serve God and mammon, you have to choose whom you are going to serve. Moses said, choose this day whom you are going to serve. The choice is yours, but the options are always there. Proverbs 9 describes two voices both offering the same invitation, but one is wisdom and the other is folly. The choice of the voice is critical, for one leads to life the other to death. Here is the call of the two voices in Proverbs 9 “Calling to those who pass by, Who are making their paths straight: Whoever is naive, let him turn in here, And to him who lacks understanding she says…” Two voices, saying the same thing to those who are making their paths straight. How do you know what voice to follow, both are inviting you to come in, the answer is found in the invitation of the voices.
The voice of wisdom invites you to “Come, eat of my food And drink of the wine I have mixed. Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding.” (Proverbs 9:5-6) While the voice of folly’s invitation says, “Stolen water is sweet; And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” (Proverbs 9:17). One voice is an invitation to maturity, the other voice is an invitation to pleasure. One voice will grow you up, the other voice will say what you want to hear. Both voices are crying out today, both voices want you to pick them. The choice of the voice is yours. We will know what voice you follow by the fruit of your life. The voice of wisdom will produce maturity, understanding and life, while the voice of folly will keep you naive, lacking understanding and will tell you all your pleasures are good for you, knowing they lead you to death. The choice of the voice is yours, but the fruit of your choice will be obvious and may already be. The good news is, you can always make a new choice, for wisdom never stops calling out, but neither does folly. Choose wisely, your life depends on it.