Wisdom Is Saying Some Things - Are We Listening?
Proverbs 1:20-21 NIV
20) Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares;
21) at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:
When we observe the news broadcasts or see some of the entertainment shows that come on the screen or witness the exchanges between some politicians, it is apparent that pure foolishness has been given a very influential seat in this society. Folly and indiscretion are front and center for all the world to see and hear. At times we may wonder if a major percentage of the human population has gone totally mad! How do sane people not only endure but also promote the kind of insanity that has become common in this world?
The two verses above give some insight about Wisdom. We will discuss five of the distinctions pronounced in these verses.
1. Wisdom has a voice. Wisdom is not silent but speaks up boldly to declare what is true and right and smart. Wisdom is speaking but many refuse to hear. Proverbs 1:5 says "A wise man will hear and will increase learning". Proverbs 1:7 goes on to say "fools despise wisdom AND instruction" (capitalization added).
Have you ever seen someone headed for destruction and either you or someone else offers sound counsel, suggests better options but the person despises the advice? They scorn Wisdom. They not only don't heed the advice but also become angry or offended. A person who adopts this attitude sees Wisdom as totally undesirable and unnecessary. They refuse to accept and utilize the benefits that Wisdom adds to life.
2. Wisdom speaks openly. She doesn't have to hide her words in a dark corner. Why? Because she has nothing to fear and nothing to hide. Foolishness and mess keep secrets. Wisdom is open, pure, truthful and trustworthy. She is not ashamed. She is free and unrestricted. Isn't that a much better way to live than retreating to the shadows?
3. Wisdom utters her voice in the streets. Wisdom is not intimidated or diminished by other voices or opinions. Unwise activities don't scare her away. She is unafraid because she knows her worth and value. Do you?
4. Wisdom raises her voice in the public square. In the original text the phrasing for "public squares" suggests a mob scene where there is an uproar or mass confusion. Wisdom does not run from confrontation. Sometimes people who are so wrong will get so loud. They must think that volume will make their wrong statements right. Wisdom does not mind a challenge. She doesn't look for a fight but she does not shrink from opposition. Wisdom takes a stand and lets her presence be known in places where she will be the most distinct. In the midst of chaos and crazy Wisdom will cry aloud.
5. At the head of the noisy streets wisdom cries out. Other translations say, "at the opening of the gates" or "at the entrance of the city gates". This is where business is conducted. Those who consider themselves political powers and policy makers gather with scholars and influential people to discuss important civil and national matters. Wisdom cries out here. Especially here her voice needs to be heard and heeded. Many of these people have a personal agenda. They have little to no interest in protecting the citizens of that city or region.
Wisdom always shares truth. So many people don't want the truth. Don't like the truth. Avoid the truth. What is your relationship with Wisdom? Are you friends? Acquaintances? Barely know one another? Let's give this some thought and we'll chat again soon. Thanks for visiting!