Welcome to day 2 of our look at the book of Proverbs! If you missed yesterday’s post, take a look before reading today’s. Yesterday we mentioned that a key verse of the entire book is Proverbs 1:7—”The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” The book of Proverbs essentially discusses the differences between wisdom and folly. Verses 1-7 essentially shows us the three people that the book is for: the wise, the simple, and the foolish. The wise are those who have understanding of who God is, and their life and decisions are proof of this. The simple are not those who intentionally deny wisdom, but they are those who lack the experience and knowledge that wisdom brings; the simple have the opportunity to pursue either wisdom or folly. The foolish are those who deny wisdom and pursue their own way.
Today we are looking at The Call of Wisdom. The main point of our passage is that wisdom is offered to all who fear the Lord, but many will not seek it. The book of Proverbs offers many general principles that are not the same as promises. Wisdom essentially boils down to living out God’s design for your life. And this passage is showing us that this life is available to those who seek it.
Verses 20-21 begin with an allusion of wisdom calling out to those who might seek her. She declares that those who are simple don’t have to stay that way (22-23). She is offering something so simple, that she will laugh at those who do not pursue it and find themselves in trouble (24-27). Then it gets serious: she says that those who do not pursue wisdom could potentially find themselves in a position that cannot be corrected (28-32). Of course, this does not negate the grace offered through the cross of Christ, but there is truth in dealing honestly with the path that foolishness and sin can take you to. The passage then ends with a final encouragement to pursue the way of wisdom and shows the benefits of doing it (33).
You have the opportunity to either pursue the way of God (wisdom) or sin (folly). It begins with rightly fearing God and believing that all who seek wisdom will receive it. The ability to live out wisdom was purchased for us through the cross of Christ, who is the epitome of wisdom. Which path will you pursue?
What did God teach you through His Word today? Comment below!
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice