I pray you are off to a blessed day, and if it started less than ideal, let me remind you that the devil is a liar! While going through Proverbs, I noticed in chapter 8 that wisdom makes her plea on the hilltop along the road:
Proverbs 8:1–2 (NKJV) — 1 Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice? 2 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, Beside the way, where the paths meet.
Like wisdom, the Bible says in chapter 9, verse 13 of Proverbs, that foolishness makes her appeal on the heights overlooking the city. They both call out to people passing through:
Proverbs 9:13–15 (NKJV) — 13 A foolish woman is clamorous; She is simple, and knows nothing. 14 For she sits at the door of her house, On a seat by the highest places of the city, 15 To call to those who pass by, Who go straight on their way:
These passages show us how both wisdom and folly call out at crossroads, like two guides beckoning those who walk by to follow their way and go their path. I imagine the confusion I'd experience coming up to an intersection and asking someone there for directions only to have someone else try and tell me the exact opposite. How confusing that would be! Wisdom and folly often have their biggest battles right at the crossroads in our life. They face off when you have to make life-altering decisions, the times when indecision is the greatest. When you are at a crossroads in your life, and amid big decisions, one of the first questions you should ask is what voice belongs to wisdom and what voice belongs to folly?
James 1:5 (NKJV) — 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
If you want to know what the voice of wisdom sounds like, it is as simple as coming to God and asking. So ask regularly and ask continually. Glean insight from God's word by looking at the patterns of wisdom throughout the Bible.
Psalm 119:105 (NKJV) — 105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
Understand this, not every choice made at the crossroads in life is covered with clear evidence of wisdom and folly. Sometimes God sets up two extraordinary decisions, and he will bless you with either one you choose. That is not the point of this devotional; the point is when you know what the voice of wisdom sounds like, and you know what folly's voice sounds like, you will make better Godly decisions for your life.
Heeding the voice of wisdom leads to life while those heeding the voice of folly are heading for death. My prayer is that we would ignore the voice of folly at every crossroad in life and heed the voice of wisdom!