Imagine the two tallest buildings in a downtown block of whatever city you live in. For some of us, that might be the two-story fire station and city hall in the town square. For others, it might be two 100+ floor office buildings towering over the bustling streets.
Whichever it is, imagine two ladies, one on each building. One climbed to a beautifully carved, hand trimmed throne-like seat surrounded by her servants at her side. The other carried a lawn chair in one hand and a soft drink in the other while she made her way to her rooftop perch. Each is intending to sit a spell and watch the action on the street down below.
One woman is named Wisdom. She calls out to the passersby telling them wise solutions for each of the difficult situations they encounter in their journeys. She exhorts them, “Leave the simple ways of your own mind behind. Listen to the ways of your master, God, and you will walk in His prosperity.”
The other woman brashly screams her words of advice. “Oh, go ahead and do it. No one will ever know! You can’t be expected to get out of that mess ma’am. Just cut your losses and run.” Her words lack discretion. They lack value and strength. And yet you notice many of the passersby seem to be heeding her foolish advice.
Sometimes I think I’ve caught a glimpse of these two right downtown in my hometown of Carbondale, Illinois. Their voices are obviously being heard…but one seems to have more followers than the other.
Have you heard our two ladies as they have called out to you and your family? I am comforted that chapter 9 of Proverbs leads me to believe that these women never leave their posts. That’s good. Because it seems the older I get, the more words of directing Wisdom I need. This world is too hard and too scary to think of not having God’s word on every question.
Today Lord, I sharpen my ear to hear Your voice of wisdom calling out to me. I know that Your way of understanding is always the right path. Will You help me and my whole household to obediently and cheerfully listen for Your instruction, and then obey? Thanks!
Let’s meditate for 30 seconds on Proverbs 9: 3 She has sent out her maids, and she calls from the highest point of the city.
Wisdom Wednesday posts are inspired by a verse from the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the posting date.