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 signs at railroad crossings: If you are not careful and stop, tragedy may strike!
How very gracious of Him to care for everyone! He knows that there are many who go through life aimlessly wandering from one mistake to another. It 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 against themselves.
“Does not wisdom call out?” we read in His Word. His Word does not say, “Go here and there, and if you are fortunate, you may run into some good advice now and then.” That in itself would reveal a god who was not wise and caring. 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 sidelines of life watching us as though He were uninvolved and disinterested in our lives. Rather, He is always somewhere listening, watching, observing - but never a reluctant advisor. He is our Creator-Sustainer and waits anxiously and patiently to be our Redeemer and Savior. But we must respond to His voice to be victorious.
Those who do not respond to Him have no excuse. He makes His will and His way plain.
Prayer: Father, it’s never about You hiding from us or confusing us, but always about us rejecting You and refusing to hear Your voice or see Your Son. Forgive us! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 8:1 Listen as Wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her voice!