A Word to the Wise

A Word to the Wise

“Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors” (Proverbs 8:1-3). From the moment we are born, wisdom cries out to us. Naturally we cannot remember when we were a few weeks old, but not too long after we can remember certain things. As a tot, I remember many things and the choices I had. One time in the store I wanted a candy bar. Mom and Dad said no. With that, I remember I stepped back and thought what my next move was going to be. Wisdom cried out to me. She told me that I was to behave myself as my parents had taught me. But, instead I decided to take the low road and threw a hissy fit.

Back in those days, when your parents told you to get up and act right-you better! Now remember wisdom cried out to me to behave, but I chose to follow my own sinful behavior of not obeying my parents. Thank God He does not drag you out of the store by your ear lobe! Or does He? Just read about David and you will see that He does, “Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife” (2 Samuel 12:10). Don’t think for one minute that when David was on the roof wisdom wasn’t crying forth to him. And you can bet it wasn’t the first time he was up on that roof looking in that direction. Maybe other times he listened to wisdom when she cried forth to get off that roof; or stop looking at Bathsheba. Nonetheless, we know that a loving God drug him by his ear through some desperate times.

Each and every one of us have had experiences like that with either the same sin or others. With God it does not matter, there is no grading of sin. Wisdom comes through in many forms. Foremost is the wisdom of God which is manifest in the Bible and this is the wisdom we are to covet. But we must keep in mind that God has also ordained Pastors and church leaders to impart wisdom to us. Likewise, our friends and our parents can be the source of great wisdom. Last, but not least our spouses are given to us from God to impart wisdom. Personally I can tell you had it not been for my spouse, and her wisdom, I would not have made any forward progress. “Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man” (Proverbs 8:4). God is calling out to those who would only listen!


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