“Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech”
In our passage above We’re given a picture of wisdom as a person calling out for listeners in the public square for anyone desiring to learn. Since God is the source of all wisdom it behooves us to pay attention to what He’s saying.
Within Proverbs lies a seedbed of wisdom for anyone who values sound principles to live by. Directed at the intellect the reader is encouraged to think for themselves to obtain an enlightened mind, thus, avoiding the pitfalls experienced by those living unexamined lives.
Why is this so important? Being made in the image and likeness of God we are designed to think and to live as God’s stewards on earth.
Genesis 1:26 says, “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
Note that we’re designed for dominion over God’s created order, not over one another. God’s dominion operates through us to the extent we’re yielding to His desires for His world.
Throughout Proverbs wisdom prophesies truth, who is listening? She warns of the consequences of those who ignore her instructions. There will always be those who think with their emotions who mock wisdom and prefer self-gratification to their own misfortune.
People who stop and listen to reason discover a life of infinite possibilities. Wisdom is freely given to all who desire it. James 1:5 instructs anyone going through difficulties that “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
Begin to think intelligently about what you truly want in life. This speaks to the purpose you were born for. Why do you desire it? This speaks to your motive, is it for God’s glory or self-gratification?
Self-awareness comes with the wisdom maturity brings, both wisdom and maturity begin with a reverential awe of God.
We are instructed to receive God’s words, value His instructions, and give ear to wisdom’s call.
Proverbs 2:6-11 explains the outcomes of pursuing wisdom;
6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He holds wisdom in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
Wisdom beckons us because God has designed us to steward His world under His guidance. Imagine a world that responds to wisdom’s call!