Wisdom For Living: Proverbs 1:20-23
As we continue our study through the book of Proverbs, we notice that we are given the task of choosing between wisdom and folly. Proverbs 1:20-22 encourages its reader to heed the cries of Wisdom rather than continue turning away from it. Lady Wisdom invites us to choose her and intends to bless those who take hold of her. The “simple ones” who are foolish are rebuked by Lady Wisdom. The rebuke, or reproof in some translations, is intended not as a discouragement but as a beneficial refocusing moment for those who are headed down a destructive path. Proverbs 1:23 teaches that if we listen to Lady Wisdom, she will give you her spirit and wise direction!
Choosing to go against the crowd and be countercultural is hard enough as a Christian. Biblical wisdom often does not make sense to the rest of the world. Wisdom can be found in searching the Bible and practicing its great teachings (James 1:22-27). Wisdom is admitting you cannot save yourself or pull yourself up out of whatever you have landed in (Romans 7:21-25). Wisdom is difficult because it is learned through education, experience, and reproof. Few people enjoy being rebuked, but it is in the rebuke of Wisdom that we find blessing and purpose. Nathan’s rebuke of King David in 2 Samuel 12:1-14 was not meant for the sole purpose of creating a guilty conscious, but to help the king find God’s path again. Because David understood the purpose of his rebuke, he dealt with the sin, accepted the consequences, and moved forward in step with the spirit and direction of Wisdom (2 Samuel 12:15-23).
What holds you back from the discipline of Wisdom? What area of your life have you ignored the cries and voice of Lady Wisdom for the desires of yourself? What must be addressed in your life this moment in order to get in step with God’s movement?