Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

1 Does not wisdom call,

And understanding lift up her voice?

2 On top of the heights beside the way,

Where the paths meet, she takes her stand;

3 Beside the gates, at the opening to the city,

At the entrance of the doors, she cries out:

 

 Is wisdom a rare trait in our world? Do we as a society lack understanding? If so, it’s not because these things are hard to find. Here we have the personification of wisdom and understanding shouting from the rooftops, crying out to whomever will listen. Have we tuned out their voices? Have we become too distracted by our plans?

 The voice of understanding reminds us we have much to learn. If we would listen, if we would be more curious, we could grow in wisdom. Society is the sum of individuals, each responsible for what they contribute. Knowing this, the wise person adds what he can to the whole rather than criticizing its flaws. If wisdom and understanding are crying out, and I have not heard them, who can I blame but myself? Instead of denouncing others, how can I be an example to them? 

It is not easy to admit your faults, to listen to advice, to be teachable. Through the lens of humility, however, faults become opportunities. What faults are challenging you? How are you using them to grow? Humbly listen to the voice of wisdom and understanding, and you will be blessed by what you hear. 

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