God certainly enjoys a sense of humor. Chapter eight begins with a call to “applied wisdom” and the fact that it even “goes looking” for “followers.” Here we find a distinct call from God Himself to the “simple” and “foolish” to stop and gain understanding! It’s like the stop, look and listen warning at railroad crossings: If you are not careful, tragedy may strike!
How very gracious of Him! He knows that there are so many who go through life aimlessly wandering from one mistake to another. It actually disturbs Him so much that He makes an urgent attempt to reach them once again and offer His grace, guidance and willingness to guard everyone from themselves.
“Does not wisdom call out?” His Word does not say, “Go here and there and if you are fortunate, you may run into some good advice every now and then.” That in itself would reveal a god who was not wise. But throughout Scripture, God often appears as the “town crier” attempting to get the attention of people before disaster strikes. It is a common thread that binds the Old and New Testaments together.
Our God is not a silent god sitting on the side-lines of life watching us as though He were uninvolved in our lives. Rather, He is always somewhere listening, watching, observing - but never detached. He is our Creator, and waits anxiously and patiently to be our Redeemer and Savior. But we must respond to His voice.
Those who do not respond have no excuse.
Prayer: Father, it’s never about You, but always about us, if we refuse to hear Your voice or see Your grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 8:1 Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?