Saturday 19 November 2022

Proverbs 1:20-33

20 Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square. 21 She calls to the crowds along the main street, to those gathered in front of the city gate: 22 “How long, you simpletons, will you insist on being simpleminded? How long will you mockers relish your mocking? How long will you fools hate knowledge? 23 Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise. 24 “I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention. 25 You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered. 26 So I will laugh when you are in trouble! I will mock you when disaster overtakes you— 27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone, and anguish and distress overwhelm you. 28 “When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me. 29 For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the LORD. 30 They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them. 31 Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way, choking on their own schemes. 32 For simpletons turn away from me—to death. Fools are destroyed by their own complacency. 33 But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.”

I love the personification of Lady Wisdom in this passage. Wisdom isn’t just a quiet, humble thing that you gain through toil and service to God- Wisdom here SHOUTS from the walls into the marketplace! Wisdom wants the foolish to be warned and to turn from their mistakes. Wisdom isn’t content to let people simply go astray, but wants to let people know the consequences of their actions before they happen, so that they can be avoided.

In the current environment, Christians are being pushed from the public square, or being asked to stay silent on certain matters if we want to be able to remain. Lord, I pray for wisdom in how we are to navigate these challenging times, so that we can continue to bear witness to the love of Christ and Your goodness, while bringing wisdom and peace into situations where there is great contention.

Lord, make me a wise instrument of your peace.

Written by Ps Justin Ware

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  1. Florence says:

    Awesome. I love proverbs. When Jesus saved my life. I started red proverbs and helped me grow and be wise.
    God bless all of you multiple. Amen

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