Proverbs – God’s practical guide to a joyful life
Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well.
Well who’d of thought the members of The Eagle’s would join us for this week’s visit with Solomon. Let’s top up our coffees and see what this is all about…
Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing. 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 to my house!” To those who have no sense she says, “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!” But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.
As Solomon shared today’s passage, I couldn’t help but think about the similarity of these words to the lyrics of Hotel California. It was as if Don Felder, Don Henley and Glen Frey- members of the Eagles and the writers of Hotel California- all sat down and joined us. Let’s break apart Solomon’s words with particular verses of Hotel California:
Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing. 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,
There she stood in the doorway. I heard the mission bell and I was thinking to myself, ‘This could be heaven or this could be Hell.’ Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way.
“Let all who are simple come to my house!”
On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair. Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air. Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light. My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim. I had to stop for the night.
To those who have no sense she says, “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!”
“Mirrors on the ceiling, The pink champagne on ice, And she said, ‘we are all just prisoners here, of our own device.’ And in the master’s chambers, they gathered for the feast. They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can’t kill the beast.
But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.
Last thing I remember, I was running for the door. I had to find the passage back to the place I was before. ‘Relax,’ said the night man, ‘We are programmed to receive. You can check out any time you like, But you can never leave!’
Of course we can’t leave out the chorus that sums up Hotel California, aka folly: ‘Welcome to the Hotel California. Such a lovely place (such a lovely place) Such a lovely face. Plenty of room at the Hotel California. Any time of year (any time of year) you can find it here’. (Yes, folly is ready and waiting for us but that doesn’t mean we should ever enter her doors.)
May we heed the message from both Solomon and the Eagle’s. Don’t give in to the temptations of folly, lust or desire because the consequences may be life altering and lead you down a path from which you can never escape. Instead, be watchful and alert at all times. Cling to Christ. “Cast all your anxiety on [Jesus] because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.” (1 Peter 5:7-9a) Lay all your requests and desires before Christ and let him lead you down a safe path for your own good. It may not look so glamorous and enticing but it will provide the greatest joy and rejoicing in the end. Always take hold of the fact that Christ laid down his life for you, he has promised to never leave you nor forsake you, and he can be trusted. …If only the fellow from Hotel California had taken Christ with him from the start of his journey.
Prayer: Dear Lord, when my mind is unclear and riddled with exhaustion or anxiety, lust or desire, please help me cling to you to get me through and not give into the enticing temptations that would lead me down the road of destruction. Let my decisions be clear minded and good for me, according to your will for my life. Give me the strength and wisdom to resist folly and the courage to follow you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!