“Whoever is simpleminded-turn aside here,” she says to those who lack heart. “Come, eat my food and drink the wine I mixed. Abandon simplemindedness and live. March on the path of understanding.”
Woman Wisdom here calls out to the “simpleminded.” These are neither the wise nor the foolish who Proverbs speaks so much to and about. These are the naive and immature. They are not committed to either side.
She invites them to her home to share a meal. In the ancient Near East this had erotic overtones. Woman Wisdom wants an intimate relationship with the man. Not just to be an acquaintance and know one another on the surface, but to deeply know one another and affect the heart.
Is this not what Jesus invites us to? To share life and heart? To deeply know Him and soak in being known by Him. Dare we even say to be in one another, as this language of intimacy suggests?
Jesus calls to those who are not living a life of depth. He invites all to a life of intimacy, meaning, and purpose. To spend time with Him.
Broad Ripple Park is right behind our house. There is much to enjoy there. But only if we actually go inside and partake.
He must increase, but I must decrease.
I am not the answer for anybody.
God through me may be the answer for somebody, if I allow Him to shine through me, so others see more of Him and less of me.