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Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at 7:56 PM

Proverbs 1:Wisdom's Call(8)

Proverbs 1
20Wisdom cries aloud in the street,
in the markets she raises her voice;
21at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
Continuing our search for manhood in proverbs, we leave the warning against listening to sinners and hear the flip side. Don’t be stupid! Seek wisdom!

The passage begins with a very simple point: Wisdom is available. Wisdom is accessible. Contrary to what some religions and philosophies teach, wisdom is not inaccessible except through some secret ritual or a spiritual high, wisdom is in fact calling in the streets, in the marketplaces, at the entrance to the city. Wisdom exists and is available.

Now of course, this begs a difficult question, “What exactly is wisdom?” Is it a knowledge of all that will transpire? Is wisdom the same thing as knowledge? Is all knowledge accessible? Or is it something else entirely?

To find our answer, we only need to look back at the original intent of Proverbs and understand how the intent of proverbs drives the intent of our personified wisdom.
1The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:

2To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
3to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
4to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth--
5Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
6to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.

So we actually have a limited “yes” to many of those question. Proverbs (and by implication, our personified wisdom) exists for understanding, instruction, discernment, and guidance. But we do have one thing that the proverbs (and wisdom) doesn’t tell us. Wisdom doesn’t tell us the future. Wisdom doesn’t tell us how things are going to work out. Wisdom gives us guidance, gives us insight into how they might work out, but there are not guarantees here. Maybe we’ll all be dead tomorrow. Wisdom does not tell us if that is true or not, but wisdom does tell us how to live our lives so that we might glorify God, even if we were to die tomorrow. Indeed, this concept is echoed elsewhere in Scripture.

Deuteronomy 29
29"The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Wisdom is what is revealed to us. Wisdom is available. Wisdom exists so that we may “do all the words of [the] law.” Don’t spend your days searching in vain for “the will of God.” He has told you what is asked. He has given you what is required. He has provided for (in the Scriptures) how we are to go about seeking Him. Seek Wisdom!

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