Wisdom cries out to you each day. The voice of wisdom comes to you from God’s Word whenever you read it or hear it taught. The call of truth and guidance also comes to you from your school and possibly your parents and church and friends, too. Proverbs 8 describes wisdom, or choosing to do what is right and good, as a kind woman crying out for our attention, like a godly mother pleading with her child. Sadly, many students and adults ignore wisdom’s call and instead choose the way of foolishness and sin. They are led away by the voices of this world, Satan, and their own evil desires. They believe the great Hollywood myth that everything will be okay if they just “follow their hearts,” not recognizing that all of our hearts are desperately wicked and deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9). Only the Word of God, the voice of wisdom, can show us what is right and true and best. Only the Bible can teach us the good and perfect will of God for our lives. Only Jesus can give us real, lasting happiness and joy.
You can choose today and every day to follow the voice of wisdom or the voice of folly. You do not have to suffer from a life apart from Christ and His joy. If you will study God’s Word and commit your heart to following the Lord, you fill have peace and grow in faith and godliness. Wisdom calls out to us all. Will you hear her voice?
The Text (Proverbs 8:1-9)
8 Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 At the highest point along the way,
where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 beside the gate leading into the city,
at the entrance, she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O people, I call out;
I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 You who are simple, gain prudence;
you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.
6 Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true,
for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are just;
none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 To the discerning all of them are right;
they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
Questions to Think About
- How would you explain the biblical difference between being smart and being wise?
- Are you and your closest friends growing wise in the biblical sense? How can you tell?
- Why do think that so many students and adults choose the broad path of foolishness and sin instead of the narrow path of wisdom and godliness?