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Does Not Wisdom Call?

November 3, 2018


Does Not Wisdom Call?

With so many things calling  for our attention,  most everyone has developed some  “selective listening”  habits.     We automatically tune out  during the commercials  on TV.     Kids tune out  when their mom is asking them  to clean up their room.     Some people tune out  during sermons at church.     Others tune out  whenever there’s a continual complainer nearby  or someone  who habitually talks nonstop.

And,  often we can provide some pretty logical reasoning  for tuning out.     But,  it’s not always a good idea  to be so preoccupied  with ourselves  that we don’t listen  or  remain aware  of our surroundings.

For instance,  if we happen to be walking  into a dangerous situation  and someone yells,  “Watch out!”  we need to be paying attention  to their call.     We can imagine all sorts  of scenarios  where listening and appropriately reacting are  in our best interest.

When Solomon wrote a large portion  of Proverbs,  he spent the first seven chapters showing all sorts  of scenarios  in which we need to be paying attention  and listening  to the advice given — and not just listening,  but heeding.     He was talking  about eternal life and death situations  for every person  that has ever lived.     Then,  in Proverbs 8:1,  he asks,

Does not wisdom call,   
And understanding  lift up her voice?

It’s like Solomon is crying out  in anguish,  “Come on, now!     Don’t you hear  your very own God-given conscience warning you  about the wrong  you are doing?     You are headed  for hell  if you blindly continue  on this way!”

When our conscience nudges us a bit,  that shows  that God’s laws are written  in all our hearts.     It’s as Paul says  in Romans 2:15,

They show  that what the law wants them  to do  is  written  in their hearts.     Their conscience tells the same truth,  and  their thoughts  between themselves  accuse them  or defend them  as we’ll see  on the day  when God through Christ Jesus  judges the secrets of people  according to the good news I tell.

Our conscience is  God’s law written  in our hearts.     That is wisdom calling out  a warning  to us.     The “good news” Paul refers to  is salvation  by faith  in Jesus Christ.     By faith  we are forgiven.     But,  we are not showing faith  by deliberately snubbing all  of God’s warnings.     Faith trusts  that obedience to God’s loving instructions  will lead  to the blessings we need.     So,  wisdom,  faith,  trust,  and obedience  all walk hand-in-hand.

As wisdom calls out,  “Get off the tracks!     The train is coming!”  — we need  to obey.     Come Judgment Day,  we cannot claim  we did not hear a warning — we did not know — we did not understand.     We know wisdom is calling.     We need  to obey.

With the peace and joy  of obedience  in trusting the Lord  for all of our needs,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your wisdom is so beautifully right  and good.     Everything You do  and teach  is holy and pure.     Let me always trust  in Your wisdom  to do what is right.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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