Week 27 Thursday

An Unruly Woman

Today’s scripture selection: Proverbs 8-9

Key verses: Proverbs 9:13-18

     I know.  It’s not exactly “politically correct” to talk about “unruly” women.  But blame it on Proverbs – not me.

     Actually, it’s not about women – or men – for that matter.  It’s about “folly.”

     Now folly isn’t exactly a term you hear or use every day.  But it’s worth pondering now and then.

     Call it by any of the other similar words in the Thesaurus:

     Foolishness; madness, stupidity; idiocy; silliness; craziness or recklessness…the warning is the same.  Steer clear of it.

     Proverbs uses a colorful image to make the point.

     A reckless, foolhardy woman “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.”

     She calls out to anyone who will listen – inviting them in – to taste “forbidden” pleasures.

     “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!”

     Whatever that means.

     But the final sentence says it all: “But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.”

     The foolish; the reckless are being invited to a party – the last one they will ever attend alive.

     While it may sound a little like that old song about the “Hotel California” the message is a sound one.  We can, too often, make choices that are not only foolish – not only folly – but are also potentially deadly as well.

     So be careful. Walk carefully.  Don’t listen to unruly women, or men, offering you something for nothing.

     It may cost you dearly indeed.

 

Prayer: Lord, give me discernment, that I avoid foolish and reckless choices, no matter how enticing.  AMEN.

 

      

 

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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