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Clear Words

Clear Words – Wisdom Calling (Proverbs 8:1-3)

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 7-11

Today’s Reflection: Psalms 8:1-3

1) Does not wisdom call?  Does not understanding raise her voice?  2) On the heights beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; 3) beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud.

Typically when wisdom is talked about, it is something we are searching for.  Philosophers conduct intricate dialogues to probe for it.  Universities are established to uncover it.  Scientists and researchers carry out experiments to discover it.  As though wisdom is something hidden that can only be found with extraordinary effort.

Yet today’s text tells us that wisdom itself calls out to man, ready to reveal itself with clarity and insight to all.

Psalms 8:4-6 – 4) “To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man.  5) O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense.  6) Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right.

So why don’t we stop searching and start listening?

Perhaps what wisdom is saying is not convenient.  Do we truly want wisdom?  True wisdom will tell us to do things perhaps we’d rather not, and tells us not to do things we’d like to.  So perhaps we ignore wisdom when it clearly speaks because we prefer knowledge that permits us to do as we please?

Perhaps wisdom’s call seems too easy.  Do you feel you have to find the answer yourself for it to be valid or true?  But does that make sense?  If you lack something, how can you find it within yourself?  How can an incomplete vessel find the piece that’s missing from itself?  If a car or an appliance had a missing part, you’d take it back to the original equipment manufacturer, or OEM.  Don’t think of wisdom’s call as a cop out, but rather customer service from your OEM in heaven.

Perhaps we’re more comfortable doing than being.  Searching for wisdom down every detour we can find may keep us busy and may make us feel productive—until we find ourselves right back where we started.  Busyness is a great cover for being unfulfilled, and genuine fulfillment is hard work.  It means dealing with the past, living in the present, and being prepared for the future.  The only way to do this without anxiety or angst is to live by the wisdom of the one who holds past, present and future in His hands.

Psalms 14:33 – Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding, but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.

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