Walking Through the Proverbs - Spurning Wisdom's Cry

Walking Through the Proverbs - Spurning Wisdom's Cry

Proverbs 1:20–33

The Call of Wisdom

                [20] Wisdom cries aloud in the street,

                                in the markets she raises her voice;

                [21] at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;

                                at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:

                [22] “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?

                How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing

                                and fools hate knowledge?

                [23] If you turn at my reproof,

                behold, I will pour out my spirit to you;

                                I will make my words known to you.

                [24] Because I have called and you refused to listen,

                                have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,

                [25] because you have ignored all my counsel

                                and would have none of my reproof,

                [26] I also will laugh at your calamity;

                                I will mock when terror strikes you,

                [27] when terror strikes you like a storm

                                and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,

                                when distress and anguish come upon you.

                [28] Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;

                                they will seek me diligently but will not find me.

                [29] Because they hated knowledge

                                and did not choose the fear of the LORD,

                [30] would have none of my counsel

                                and despised all my reproof,

                [31] therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way,

                                and have their fill of their own devices.

                [32] For the simple are killed by their turning away,

                                and the complacency of fools destroys them;

                [33] but whoever listens to me will dwell secure

                                and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”

Spurning Wisdom’s Cry

The plain reading of this proverb gives much insight to those who listen to the wise words of their teacher. Surely, to despise wisdom is to embrace folly which leads to destruction. I am sure we can all think of a situation where wisdom was ignored and destruction followed. Perhaps with a career move or a financial decision. Perhaps with a sinful decision that many advised against. Rather than leave the devotional here I think there is more beyond the surface! Surely even non-believers could love these verses if left there.

Remembering our Christocentric hermeneutic, specifically that Christ is our wisdom. Then this proverb takes on new light and power. The eternal weight here defeats the practical advice. This moves from earth to heaven. My devotional encouragement for this section will be simple. Go back and re-read the section in light of the reality that Christ is our wisdom and move things to an eternal perspective. Listen, if we do not take the early wisdom and counsel and that leads to our demise and destruction, when we do not take God almighty’s definition of wisdom, Jesus Christ, then what do we expect to happen? Heed the counsel of the Lord so as to not spurn away the wisdom we have in Christ which leads to an eternal destruction.

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