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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Pursuing Wisdom - Her Call

"Wisdom shouts in the street, She lifts her voice in the square; At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings: How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing and fools hate knowledge? Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you." Proverbs 1:20-23

Wisdom calls out seeking students. If we respond to wisdom, and even diligently seek her, we will find her (Proverbs 8:17) and she will pour out her spirit on us (Proverbs 1:23). Her blessings are abundant (Proverbs 3:13), but she only bestows them on those who love and embrace her, love discipline and knowledge, listen to her, take her instruction, and respond to her reproof.

The Blessings of Wisdom (Proverbs 1-13):

Her profit is better than silver, and her gain better than gold (3:14)
She is more precious than jewels (3:15)
Long life (3:16)
Riches and honor (3:16)
Peace (3:17)
Life (3:18)
Happiness (3:18)
Security (1:33)

(Remember, wisdom is a set of principles governing the world. When we see that wisdom brings long life, for example, it does not mean that every wise person will live to be 100. The principle is two fold: if we follow wise ways we can prolong life, but the ultimate life is the everlasting life that comes to those who are in Christ Jesus.)

However, if you choose to reject wisdom, she will laugh at your calamity, mock you when your dread comes, and she will not answer you when you call (Proverbs 1:25-28). Those who reject her go astray (10:17), they are stupid (Proverbs 12:1), and they will come to poverty and shame because of their lack of discipline (Proverbs 13:18).

We are all capable of having wisdom - to responding to her call. The Lord says, "if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God." We also know that learning from the scriptures will produce wisdom, "The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple."

We all have a choice, either to respond or to reject wisdom. Let’s call wisdom our sister and intimate friend (Proverbs 7:4) and seek her diligently.

Want to follow along? Take a look at what we've already learned about what wisdom is and the characteristics of the wise, then see what's in store for tomorrow!

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