Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The Calling of Wisdom...
“Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech.” Proverbs 1:20-21
Everyone wants wisdom. Everyone wants to have the “secret” to life that will bring happiness, success, and fulfillment. However, the calling of wisdom is tricky. Here the wisest man of all time allows us to see the characteristics of where wisdom calls. He gives three distinct places. Wisdom calls us out in the street. She calls us in areas of public, in areas we are familiar with, in an area that is all around us. She calls us out at beginning of the street, in fact she cries out. She also cries out at the gateways of the city. The place where people come in and out. Three distinct places, three distinct situations.
Now those places could be anywhere. But from what I gather, I think these places could be three distinct places in our lives. The street is our everyday life, our place where we are all familiar. Work, home, what ever it is that is everyday. The head of the street is the beginning, the beginning of the day, the beginning of the project, the start of a relationship, the start of something news. Finally the gateway, is major places in life where decision are made. However, what is common is that though wisdom speaks, there is noise. Noise that drowns out wisdom, makes it hard to hear. But the beauty of wisdom is that it must first of all be sought. The noise must be filtered and sifted through. Wisdom cannot be bought, sold, or inherited. It can only be attained. Though everyone wants it, it is only the diligent that will attain it. Through experience, learning, and most of all listening. Wisdom speaks. But am I seeking. Am I sifting through the noise of life. In my areas of life I know wisdom speaks. But am I diligent to hear and follow.
Lord I want to hear, I want to dig, I want to know what wisdom sounds like. Teach me to hear and turn on the filter so I can hear wisdom above the noise.