05 Feb Proverbs 1:20-22

20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
21 on top of the wall she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:

22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?

I have been in the church since I was a child and I can tell you that we are a wayward flock of sheep. We’re not ignorant of the word or the truth that lies within, we are just disobedient. We know what we ought to do, we plainly and simply don’t do it. So often our days are filled with enduring the painful consequences of going our own way. The secret to counteracting our bent toward waywardness rests with wisdom. The Proverbs address disobedience head on. In the selected passage, wisdom is personified as a courageous heroine who stands in the streets and shouts at us to take her as a companion through the day. We find that wisdom is available, can be ignored or rejected, and that living without it results in serious consequences. If we will accept the reproofs of God here, wisdom is the result. Follow the devotions this week and let’s see if we benefit from this stinging Proverb of Solomon.