Proverbs 8 – July 8

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Author: Rob Anderson

Does not wisdom call out? (Pr. 8.1)

Have you ever watched someone who was incredibly good at his or her craft? Perhaps it is an artist, painting a picture you can barely imagine, much less put down on canvas. Or someone who is computer literate (a geek, we might call them), making the machine perform the tasks it was designed to do.

They make it seem so easy, but when you begin to try and emulate them, you discover the task is much more difficult than you thought. At times, it seems too distant or too hard to ever be able to gain enough knowledge to paint, or program, or any other task.

Wisdom is not that way. You do not have to search long and hard to find it—she calls out from highest place to ensure you hear her plea. She wants to be found; she wants everyone to know her.

Next time you begin to think about following God, do not let the excuse of not being sure how to follow him stand in your way. Wisdom calls out saying otherwise.

Proverbs 8 – June 8

CC Image courtesy of Jessica Curtin on Flickr.

CC Image courtesy of Jessica Curtin on Flickr.

Proverbs 8
Author: Bob Bailey

We live in the market place. Unless we are asleep our TV, our computer, our smart phone, our radio in the car, or even a live person is trying to sell us something or convince us of something. “You won’t believe what happens when…” is the teaser to a video on Facebook. “New discovery will put diet pill companies out of business,” reads the headline of the newspaper ad. Many voices in many forms constantly assail our ears and eyes. It is as if we are walking down the midway of a carnival and the hawkers are desperately vying for our attention.

We screen and filter these voices without a second thought. Letting in what we think important, knowing the emptiness, or at least the limited value of the product being thrust upon us.  With so much information overload, and so much noise, we can lose the sound of one voice calling to us: the voice of our Creator. In Proverbs 8 we see the voice of God embodied in a woman called Wisdom. She calls out to us in as many places as those self-centered peddlers mentioned earlier. She brings her friends Prudence, Knowledge, and Discretion.

She tells us that she and her friends are more precious than gold and silver. That kings and rulers give their testimonials about her. That she was set up in the beginning to work beside the Creator and delights in the children of man. But we have to do more than hear that voice. We have to listen. We have to listen repeatedly and often.