December 30, 2023


Proverbs 8:1-36 - Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud: “To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man. O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense. Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right, for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. They are all straight to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge. Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength. By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just; by me princes rule, and nobles, all who govern justly. I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice, granting an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries. “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth, before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world. When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man. “And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.”


In Proverbs 8, wisdom calls out to mankind, urging them to listen to her teachings. She describes herself as dwelling with prudence and finding knowledge, discretion, counsel, wisdom, insight and strength. By following wisdom, kings reign and make just decrees, while rulers and judges govern rightly. However, wisdom also warns that those who reject her will be destroyed when calamity comes. Wisdom was with God at creation, rejoicing in His works, and continues calling people to gain her blessings of life, favor with God, and security. The chapter encourages gaining wisdom over riches as its rewards are far greater.


This passage beautifully personifies wisdom as a noble woman calling out to all people. Her message offers profound truths about life and righteousness. Though wisdom has existed since creation and brings joy to God, so many reject her counsel. It is tragic how easily we can ignore wisdom's pleas. Throughout life's difficulties, may we remember that wisdom offers the surest protection and rewards. Even amidst calamity, wisdom remains our greatest treasure. Her fruits far surpass any earthly gain. I pray that each day I may walk more closely with wisdom, gaining deeper understanding of God's will and discernment for righteous living. May wisdom's voice echo ever louder within my heart.


Lord, thank you for the gift of wisdom. Open my eyes to see and my ears to hear her counsel. Give me a hunger to know and follow your ways of righteousness. When I am tempted to foolishness or wander from your truth, remind me of wisdom's call. May I embrace her teachings and reject evil. Fill me with wisdom's spirit of prudence, knowledge and strength. May I reflect your character and bring you joy, as wisdom does. I ask this in Jesus' name, Amen.

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Wisdom Calls to All: "Come, Learn from Me and Find Life"

Wisdom Calls to All: "Come, Learn from Me and Find Life"

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