Fine Wine and Sweet Water
I’m learning to love fine wine and hate sweet water.
I know it might sound like I need to join a twelve-step program, but please understand that this is truly an attempt to apply biblical wisdom to my life.
Proverbs 9 gives us a great contrast between the benefits of wisdom and the fleeting pleasure of foolishness. The heroine of Proverbs is the beautiful woman called Wisdom. Her nemesis throughout the 31 chapters is another attractive woman known as Folly. This wonderful book begins with a conversation between a father and a son and ends with the celebration of finding a godly wife. The course between the first chapter and the last is a constant battle between Wisdom and Folly as they call out for the attention of simple-minded young men. One promises life and the other offers only death.
Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her maids, and she calls from the highest point of the city. “Let all who are simple come in here!” she says to those who lack judgment. “Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.” (Proverbs 9:1-6)
Folly’s Sweet Water:
The woman Folly is loud; she is undisciplined and without knowledge. She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way. “Let all who are simple come in here!”she says to those who lack judgment. “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!” But little do they know that the dead are there that her guests are in the depths of the grave. (Proverbs 9:13-18)
Quit being seduced by the sweet waters of foolishness and learn to savor the fine wine of wisdom. The life of wisdom is a life of discipline. It is a life of turning from the instant gratification of secret pleasure because of the constant knowledge that death is ever-present with such things. May we learn to leave the lesser things to embrace the glory of pursuing God’s best.
I’m learning to love the fine wine of Wisdom. I know it is not an appetite easily developed. It’s not for the weak.
May the Lord grant me strength to love his wine today.