Wisdom Says: Wisdom Doesn’t Hide

“Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud: ‘To you, O men, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.’ ” (Proverbs 8:1-4)

For the next week, we’re going to listen to Wisdom. Yes, I capitalized that “W” on purpose. That’s because Proverbs 8 quotes Wisdom herself, calling out to us. Yes, I wrote “us,” even though Proverbs 8 was written thousands of years ago. Wisdom wants to talk to you this week.

hurting_350Notice this first: Wisdom is not hiding. She’s not a secret available only to those of us rich enough or smart enough or spiritual enough to find her. She’s not a prize awarded to the most popular or most attractive or most polite. She wants to be found. She wants you to find her.

That’s why she’s standing there at the top of the hill, at the gate to the city, at the one spot that everyone must pass by sooner or later. And she’s not whispering. She’s yelling, calling out, looking you in the eye. She wants to be heard. She wants you to pay attention.

Think: Do you ever think of wisdom as being secretive and mysterious instead of obvious and available to all? Why or why not?

Pray: Ask God for the boldness and courage to listen to Wisdom this next week. Ask Him to help you slow down long enough not to miss what she wants to tell you.

Do: Read Proverbs 1.