“It’s over, Anakin. I have the high ground!”
One does not have to be a “Star Wars” fan to understand the earnest pleading of Obi-Wan Kenobi to his former protege, Anakin Skywalker, to resist his desire to attack him. Obi-Wan did have the high ground which created a precarious situation for any attacker. Ultimately, his warning proved prescient and Anakin was defeated. The Bible recognizes the importance of this strategic positioning.
Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns. She has prepared a great banquet, mixed the wines, and set the table. She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come. She calls out from the heights overlooking the city.
Proverbs 9:1-3 (NLT)
The woman named Folly is brash. She is ignorant and doesn’t know it. She sits in her doorway on the heights overlooking the city.
Proverbs 9:13-14 (NLT)
Both Wisdom and Folly are perched above us, on the high ground. Upon casual comparison, it would appear both have the advantage over us, and this is exactly what Folly desires for us to believe. How can we discern to whom we should answer and obey and to whom we should reject? Jesus Christ warned of such deceptive people and how we can identify them.
You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act…
Matthew 7:16 (NLT)
The answer is by the words and actions. Folly leads us to lie, steal, and slander others. Wisdom always leads us to God. It appears to be an easy distinction but Folly cloaks her actions under the banner of Wisdom. Only if we have the Spirit of God living within us, will we be able to discern the difference.
Taking the high ground may result in a temporary advantage for our adversary but we should not fear the confrontation when we have God on our side. If we have confessed and repented of our sins and accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, He will always occupy the highest ground and carry us with Him. No folly, fear, or evil will ever supplant Him.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.