Thursday, August 7, 2008

Wisdom Speaks Out

I often tell my children the old Greek proverb, "You have two ears and one mouth which means you should listen twice as much as you speak." However, sometimes in our world we have so much noise we just need to cover our ears. At times, we need to voice something even if it is just a scream! Since there is so much noise today, it is hard for us to listen to what is important and choose it over the foolish garb that is in our world.
From Proverbs 1, we know Wisdom is out there calling to us and others. In verse 21, Wisdom is said to be out on the streets of the cities crying out in the open square (v. 20). Wisdom cries out to the simple (who listen but do not do anything), the scorners (who think they know everything) and the foolish (who don't care about a thing). She, being Wisdom, comes down on each of them for being the way they are, but also sends out an invite to them. Listen to the invitation:

Turn at my rebuke;
Surely I will pour out my spirit on you.
Proverbs 1:23
Sadly, we see in the remaining verses of Chapter 1 that Wisdom is refused and they who refuse will pay the price.
I pray that we heed to the father and mother of Proverbs 1:8 and do hear and not forsake wisdom. When we do, we can wear wisdom as a "graceful ornament on (our) head and chains around (our) neck." Then, the Bible and its wisdom become this beautiful thing others can see because of how we live our lives and, maybe, Wisdom's voice will be a little louder in the streets.

1 comment:

Melissa Lester said...

Good thoughts, and so very wise. We have been out of pocket lately, so I have some catching up to do here.

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