Proverbs 8 (from the Message Bible)
Lady Wisdom Calls Out. Do you hear Lady Wisdom calling? Can you hear Madame Insight raising her voice?She’s taken her stand at First and Main, at the busiest intersection.Right in the city square where the traffic is thickest, she shouts,”You—I’m talking to all of you, everyone out here on the streets!Listen, you idiots—learn good sense! You blockheads—shape up!Don’t miss a word of this—I’m telling you how to live well, I’m telling you how to live at your best.My mouth chews and savors and relishes truth— I can’t stand the taste of evil!You’ll only hear true and right words from my mouth; not one syllable will be twisted or skewed.You’ll recognize this as true—you with open minds; truth-ready minds will see it at once.Prefer my life-disciplines over chasing after money, and God-knowledge over a lucrative career.For Wisdom is better than all the trappings of wealth; nothing you could wish for holds a candle to her.
I love reading from The Message Bible. It states it like it is. Easy to read and relevant for us today. But doesn’t this shock you a bit? Can you imagine a woman on the street corner yelling this in your face? I can guarantee you that I would not take kindly to someone yelling in my face “blockhead….shape up!” But that’s what Lady Wisdom does. It’s in the Bible. It’s an “in your face” challenge for us to listen up and wise up!
If you’ve read Proverbs before, you’ve probably picked up that there are two types of women portrayed in the first several chapters. There is a secretive and sleek seductress who is waiting around every corner, and then there’s Lady wisdom, standing out in the open blatantly yelling truth.
One of the 4 freedom’s the Free Methodist Church was founded upon was the avoidance of secret societies. This means we do things openly. We don’t form secret groups with secret codes and secretive ideas and thoughts.
I think this founding freedom is good for us to remember. Like the woman in Proverbs, not much good happens when done in a secretive fashion unless it’s a surprise party. Most of the time when you put your hand up and say something in a hushed tone it means somethings not right. Lady wisdom speaks with honesty and speaks openly. She speaks with love and respect. She doesn’t lead others astray. She doesn’t focus on knowledge…that’s just heady stuff. She focuses on the truth of God’s Word. She desires for her life to be more like Him.
I know which one I want to be! How about you?
Prayer: Lord, please keep my words pure, help me to speak cautiously with You as my guide.