Verse 20-22: “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.”
Today's proverb issues a very powerful warning. Trying to find a small "gold nugget" was quite the challenge. It flows for quite some time with a warning about neglecting wisdom. The scripture describes wisdom as a woman who cries in the streets, "How long will you remain in simplicity and reject sound wisdom?” The passage about this "woman" was written thousands of years ago, but she is still out there. Lifting up her voice to the simple that are being led and lured into the pits of hell; Wisdom has continued to call out to those who will not accept her pleas for their own safety. She knows that they will not all listen, but still she calls.
Whether you read Proverbs for wisdom or if you read the Word in general for wisdom, she is crying out to you to listen and receive her instructions. This proverb describes wisdom as something that is readily available, but seldom embraced. Wisdom is still readily available. It is in front of you on the pages of His Word. There she sits on your table, desk or dashboard - calling out to you as you are led and lured down the path of destruction. Awaken! Hear the voice of wisdom as she cries out to you. Run to her and embrace her. Hold her tight and never let her go. She will rescue you and preserve you from the path that leads to destruction.
Lord, I want to respond to your call to wisdom and embrace her with the passion of a newlywed. I want to cling to your words and hunger for your knowledge. Help me to separate myself from the wicked and foolish. Thank you for rescuing me from the path of destruction and securing me with your instructions. Amen
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