Proverbs – God’s practical guide to a joyful life
Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Have you ever experienced someone standing on a busy street corner yelling the law or gospel to anyone who would hear and listen? Well, perhaps this week’s visit with Solomon will give us a new appreciation for such callers. Let’s top up our coffees and check out what Solomon has to say next…
Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech: “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings. But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;I will mock when calamity overtakes you, when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.“Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord. Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
Can’t you just see it now: God’s wisdom, in the form of a person, standing on the corner of a downtown intersection calling out through a megaphone to anyone and everyone, pleading for them to heed her words, to turn from their wayward ways which will lead to disaster, to repent of having ignored her words, and come to heed the wisdom she has to offer and share without cost- a wisdom that will lead to safety and peace.
As a parent and grandparent, I can totally appreciate this analogy of God’s wisdom desiring to be heard and heeded. Oh how we long to have our children and grandchildren heed any life lessons we may have to sprinkle upon them. We desire to run behind them, yelling out our cautions and guidance. And when they don’t listen, and things don’t go well, oh how we desire to say, “I told you so.” Yet, so many times nothing needs to be said. The wisdom once shared oozes around them as if to mock them, it releases that oh so familiar acquaintance named guilt and humility. Then, even if the wisdom once given is appreciated and desirous, consequences need to be endured; consequences that usually come with a heavier burden and greater sacrifice, than if wisdom was heeded initially. Yet not all is lost. In fact it may be at this point that wisdom may be sought. For when the burden is great and weariness from guilt has become part of us, isn’t that when Christ reaches out to us? He says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) Perhaps it’s at this point that we are ready to seek wisdom and life… ready to seek Christ.
Prayer: Dear Lord, you have the words of life. Your words are wise unto salvation and good for my life. Guide me this week to seek your words and heed your wisdom. I desire to take my Saviour’s yoke upon me and to learn from him. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!