Wisdom for the week: Wisdom, she, is calling [Proverb 1:20]

Wisdom, she, is calling

Happy New Year!

I hope that this year will be a prosperous one for you all. This week I will be posting two tidbits of wisdom, because I missed last week’s post – sorry, I am starting a new job.

Speaking about missing things… Watching fails/wins on YouTube is one of the most popular forms of entertainment. Everyone enjoys it when someone is doing something completely normal, and suddenly the silly or extraordinary happens. However, many of the fails aren’t ‘fails’ at all. Most of them are people trying to do something stupid, because a so called friend has goaded them into it. The most horrifyingly stupid stunt I have ever seen is a man jumping into a fire (yes, the same ‘fire’ that burns forests and cooks meat), because one of his buddies dared him to. Is this really the smartest thing to be doing – intentionally harming oneself (it is no secret that fire burns) yourself for ‘glory’?

Proverb 1:20

Wisdom shouts in the street,

She lifts her voice in the square.

Key Words

Shouts

Everyday we see someone shouting at somebody; and very little shouting out something. Before the advent of the internet and smartphones, it was not considered strange to see a newsboy shouting out the day’s headlines in the street. Sometimes it was good news coming hot off the press. Wisdom is crying out aloud with joy to share its benefits and rewards.

Lifts

Lifts – as in raising one’s voice. The only 100% appropriate time to raise your voice to someone is when you are warning them. Warning is not the same as threatening. When you warn someone it is done out of concern over some possible danger that lies ahead. Wisdom cries out to all those dear to her, warning of the traps set for them.

What Does it Mean?

In this verse wisdom is personified as a concerned woman (see also Proverbs 3:15; 8; 9:1-12). In Hebrew the noun ‘wisdom’ is a feminine plural, signifying her (wisdom’s) intensity and comprehensiveness for everything. Wisdom’s motive is for our own good; not to spoil our fun but to guard aspect of our lives.

Notice that she calls in the “streets” and “square” – these are public places. Demonstrating that wisdom is readily available to all – for businessmen and parents, sons and daughters, husband and wife, royalty and the common man, including the young and old alike.

In Practice

Wisdom calls and invites all to listen and learn, but the majority refuse her words. Wisdom’s concern and public outcry mirrors God’s intention for us as the source of all wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; James 3:17; Proverbs 2:6; Daniel 2:20). God gives wisdom freely to all those who diligently seek and ask for it (James 1:5). Many refuse to listen to wisdom because of her source or because it says something we don’t want to hear. Attaining wisdom is not hard, it requires one to be willing to listen.

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