20 Wisdom calls aloud outside;
She raises her voice in the open squares.
21 She cries out in the chief concourses,
At the openings of the gates in the city
She speaks her words:
22 “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
For scorners delight in their scorning,
And fools hate knowledge.
23 Turn at my rebuke;
Surely I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
As we study the book of Proverbs, we will see that the person of wisdom is always referred to as a woman. “She raises her voice in the open squares, she cries out in the chief concourses, she speaks her words.” This does not raise a question of why, this is just how it is done. We are then to listen to the Woman of Wisdom as she cries out with words of instruction, warning, and rebuke.
Notice with me that Wisdom does not hide her message. In the NT we read that men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. Wisdom does not hide her message, she does not speak in the shadows but boldly in daylight. There is nothing to hide about the instructions of wisdom. We hide our sin and its consequences, but we rejoice when we follow wisdom and enjoy its benefits.
Wisdom speaks in the open and she speak in the main places of travel. We might say that wisdom shouts from the billboards and the radio stations. She cries out through social media to make her messages known. Wisdom is not afraid of being seen, in fact, she puts herself out in the central public square and calls all men and women to follow her ways.
Wisdom also speaks in the gates of the city. We would say that wisdom speaks in the courthouses and in the government houses. Unfortunately, today the voice of wisdom is not always heard in the courthouses and in the government houses. Too often men and women of foolishness are trying to persuade with their godless philosophies. “When the wicked bear rule the people mourn, but when the righteous are in authority the people rejoice.” The people of a country rejoice when their leaders are listening to the voice of wisdom.
And so, when we or anyone else turn our ears and lives to listen to Wisdom’s cry, she fills us with her spirit and makes her words known to us. All that it takes to be a person of wisdom who lives a wise life is to make certain that we listen when Wisdom speaks and we turn when Wisdom calls.
As we prepare for Sunday, take time to both pray for the pastor and teachers who are preparing their hearts and minds to preach and teach and pray for ourselves to be ready to walk into the house of the Lord to spend time with His people lifting up His name. As you know, I always look forward to Sunday, its what pastors do. But I remember when I wasn’t pastoring a church, I still loved Sundays. I loved the fellowship, the singing, the praying and especially the opening of the Word of God. My pastor, Pastor Dennis Walton, week after week opened God’s word to us and I looked forward to our time with him. Pray for Sunday.
Pray also for one another. We have an enemy of our souls who hates all the things of God, especially God’s church. Pray for each of us to have spiritual victories as we prepare our lives to come to church together.
The neurologist we met did not specialize in epilepsy treatment. She gave us the name of a doctor here who is and epileptologist. Still looking.
Have a great day in the Lord,