Wisdom in Proverbs 8 is presented as calling to us, and working to me us where we live. Wisdom is life, according to God’s word, and brings along many other blessings when it come. Find out how to hear and respond to Wisdom’s call.
Proverbs 8:1-5 Powerful image–wisdom crying out, making noise, trying to grab our attention! And it’s all over the place—on the high hill, beside the way, where they paths meet, by the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors…
Who is Wisdom talking to? Everyone!
God is trying to get OUR attention individually! He wants us to hear because it’s important! Are we listening? Is listening for God’s wisdom as part of your regular daily activity?
What’s important to you? Money, time, relationships?
Proverbs 8:10 People spend a great deal of time and effort pursuing buried treasure. What would you do to find something worth more than rubies, or silver or gold?
Wisdom isn’t buried, or waiting to be discovered! It’s calling us! Wisdom is a gift. It’s received…not attained, not figured out. God gives it, we receive it.
Why don’t we hear it? Not listening/paying attention. Distractions. Or we are trying to figure things out.
Prov. 8:18-19, 21 Wisdom has companions: prudence, discretion, riches and honor and more.
VV. 22-31-Wisdom being behind all creation is the very foundation of modern science.
Our first question should be: What does God think of this? What does God want here?
Mt. 6 says “Seek first the kingdom…” Not seek ye eventually…
In every situation, remember that wisdom is calling you. Are you paying attention?
What do we desire the most? Lord, change our desires so we are also eager for your wisdom.
Where are your gates, and the posts of your doors—the places where God gets to come in? Have you visited Him there at the gates and doors where you can connect? Lord, help me to visit where you say you hang out!
V. 35 For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord. Life is being rightly related to God, to others, and God’s order.
Wisdom is saying it’s life and death!
This takes changes, and steps of faith. Wisdom calls and asks us to first listen, then receive, then begin to think along God’s lines rather than our own, and make changes as we act according to God’s ways and instruction.
It’s a simple question: Do I want Life or Death this year?