Wednesday, February 06, 2008
The Voice in the Crowd
“Wisdom shouts in the streets wherever crowds gather.” (Proverbs 1:20, Contemporary English Version)
Did you know that God wants to talk to you? Even in the midst of a thousand different distractions, there is one Voice that can always be heard – but only by those who want to hear. It is the voice of Wisdom.
"Wisdom goes out in the street and shouts. At the town center she makes her speech. In the middle of the traffic she takes her stand. At the busiest corner she calls out: 'Simpletons! How long will you wallow in ignorance? Cynics! How long will you feed your cynicism? Idiots! How long will you refuse to learn? About face! I can revise your life. Look, I'm ready to pour out my spirit on you; I'm ready to tell you all I know.'" (Proverbs 1:20-23, The Message).
You would think such an offer would be quickly seized, but not so. Instead, there is broad rejection of Wisdom, with little regard to the consequence.
“I've called,” Wisdom says, “but you've turned a deaf ear; I've reached out to you, but you've ignored me. Since you laugh at my counsel and make a joke of my advice, How can I take you seriously? I'll turn the tables and joke about your troubles!
“What if the roof falls in, and your whole life goes to pieces? What if catastrophe strikes and there's nothing to show for your life but rubble and ashes? You'll need me then. You'll call for me, but don't expect an answer. No matter how hard you look, you won't find me.
"Because you hated Knowledge and had nothing to do with the Fear-of-GOD; “because you wouldn't take my advice and brushed aside all my offers to train you, well, you've made your bed -- now lie in it; you wanted your own way -- now, how do you like it?” (Proverbs 1:24-31, The Message).
It makes sense doesn’t it? If we will not listen to what God says when He calls out to us, why should He have to listen to us when we call out to Him? I had a friend; at least I thought he was a friend. But despite how often I called him, wrote him, emailed him, or tried to get together with him – he would never answer. So I stopped. Do you think maybe the Lord does the same?
With so many voices filling the air, let’s give the highest regard for the one voice that truly matters – the Voice of Wisdom.