In starting on Proverbs in The Bible Experience, I'm struck by the clear appeal and warning of wisdom to humankind. It speaks in a way which is the mark of wisdom, so that we need to take heed to wisdom's words here, and also wisdom's manner.
In the same way wisdom speaks in Proverbs we need to learn to speak to others. Appealing to them as human beings who can choose, trying to persuade them, and also warning them of the consequences of not heeding God's voice.
Of course we must first be committed to this wisdom to become a part of our lives before we attempt to help others. We must affirm wisdom personally before God and in our lives. Then we can seek to affirm it when opportunities present themselves, in timely and helpful fashion to those around us.
Being in Proverbs today for me was like being in the most refreshing water spot you can imagine in a desert. Maybe I wasn't quite that parched and dry, but I do think my being was welcoming the word of wisdom to my heart and mind and life.
We're to embrace wisdom; to love it and in return know its love. Not an easy calling since we're so prone to wander to our own devices, which are not in line with wisdom.
Jesus is said to be our wisdom from God, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom. In him we can set ourselves towards wisdom, and the way of wisdom. We can be led by wisdom's gentle yet firm and sometimes disciplining hand. Or we can turn our backs on it to foolishness, and thus get our own way down the highway to destruction. Proverbs minces no words for us there. There are just two ways: the way of life and the way of death. Let us choose and persevere on the way in Jesus, and truly know the wisdom that gives life.
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