Wisdom cries aloud in the street,
in the markets she raises her voice;
at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
This scripture above had kind of rocked my world these last couple of days. “Wisdom cries aloud in the streets.” It’s funny; before these last couple of days when I read this scripture, I always pictured the dusty middle eastern roads with only a few people on them like the ones you see in films about Jesus.
Also before these last couple of days, I thought I was one who listened to her, or at least aware of when I was and wasn’t listening to her within reason. But now… well I am certain I wasn’t listening to her as often as I thought.
In a Bible study, I recently followed up with a response with… Wisdom cries aloud in the streets but can we even hear her?
We are busy… This world is busy… We are busy mentally, physically, maybe even emotionally busy. I picture the busy streets of NYC. In the picture above or in the busiest city you can think of imagine a woman yelling…
Yelling things.. words of wisdom in the streets. But you may not know they’re words of wisdom…. Yelling them day after day…. Week after Week…. Month after month… year after year and so on. Would you notice her? At first, I think so. But after a while, we would probably tune her out.
You may even avoid her. Take a different way to where ever you are going there are plenty of routes to choose from.
This is what happen with God’s wisdom.
Do we do it purposefully? Sometimes maybe, but not always. Maybe not even the majority of the time.
God’s wisdom is so large, so deep, so intertwining. Personally, I’m not sure we could ever know it all. I don’t think our small brains could hold that much knowledge. But I could be wrong. It’s worth aiming for.
So anywho, this week I learned that I was not listening to wisdom…
You see, I have what I call a “hot button”. You know that button that if someone pushes it you immediately go into battle like ( insert favorite war/battle here.. for me it’s like in Brave Heart or the Greek battle I can remember the name of it right now.)
Well, I have a few “hot buttons”. A big one is lying, or when the coward tries to deceive us. Another is judging. I cannot handle when people judge other people. Not bad right?… there could be worse things to get all upset over right? Well, no and yes.
How I respond matters.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
All this attention to my thoughts, all this effort and attention to listening to the Spirit … then a slap.
Um you thought you were there, did you?
A big old slice of humble pie. Then I get a second helping at church tonight in talking about Elihu in the book of Job starting in Chapter 32 through the end of Job.
But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.
It is not the old who are wise, nor the aged who understand what is right
Wisdom cries aloud in the streets, but can we even hear her? Are we listening? Who are we listening to?
But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.
My hot buttons need to be nailed to the cross. Forgive me Lord…Not my will but thy will be done.
As always friends,