Wisdom’s Call

Doth not wisdom cry, And understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way. In the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, At the coming in at the doors. Unto you, O men, I call; And my voice is to the sons of man. O ye simple, understand wisdom: And, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.” (Prov. 8:1-5)

In chapters 5-7, the seduction of the froward woman is given to warn us of her subtlety and wickedness.  This seduction has to do with immorality and other choices of life that can ruin a person.  These seductions are done on side streets and corners, in the dark, and hidden from view.

Wisdom is portrayed in a very stark contrast.  Wisdom calls and seeks to help people in the open.  She is standing in the tops of hills easily seen by others and in the paths or roads that are easily accessible to all.  She gives her wisdom in the gates or places of commerce and judgment.  It is easily accessible to all who want that wisdom and to all who will hear.  Her object is to disseminate her wisdom before they enter the doors of decisions that are going to affect their lives. One commercial illustrates this well.  Two boys stranded late at night with a flat tire.  One is on the phone with his father and he states, “I know what a lug wrench is dad.”  He then asks his stranded friend, “is this a lug wrench.” To which his friend replies, “I don’t know.” The instruction on how to change a flat should precede driving the car.

Wisdom is not seeking to control the people, but to give them the truths, knowledge, and understanding they will need to make right choices in life that will not destroy them.  A 25-year old driver was arrested in Boston on Wednesday for hitting an 80-year old man.  The young man was driving too fast, listening to his music, and saw the man too late, honked his horn, but could not avoid hitting him.  The driver said later, “People hit and run people all the time, it just happened to be an unfortunate situation where I was driving.”  Wisdom tried to teach this young man to drive safely in the driver’s manual he had to learn.  It taught him to remain at an accident to see if help could be given or secured. 

God’s wisdom is available to all who will seek it (James 1:5).  How blessed is the person who desires the wisdom of God and follows it.  Will you seek wisdom in your life?