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Day Five: Lady in Waiting

Friday, September 18th, 2015

For centuries, when seeking wisdom, believers have turned to the book of Proverbs, the guidebook to the “good life.” Follow its precepts and be amply rewarded… prosperity, well-being, balance, fulfillment, satisfaction. But like we saw yesterday, wisdom does not come to us as a disembodied collection of clichés, like some sort of spiritual almanac. Wisdom calls to us from the midst of everyday affairs to respond personally and promptly to her voice.

“Do you hear Lady Wisdom calling? Can you hear Madame Insight raising her voice? At the highest point along the way, she takes her stand at the crossroads. 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! You simple people, learn good sense! You foolish people, show some understanding! Listen to me! I’m telling you how to live well, I’m telling you how to live at your best…

‘My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge. Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold. For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it.

‘I love all who love me. Those who seek me will surely find me. I have riches and honor, as well as enduring wealth and prosperity. My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold, my wages better than sterling silver! …Those who love me inherit wealth. I will fill their treasuries.

‘So, my dear friends, listen carefully; those who embrace these my ways are most blessed… don’t squander your precious life. Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listens to me, awake and ready for me each morning, alert and responsive as I start my day’s work.

‘When you find me, you find life, real life, to say nothing of God’s good pleasure. But if you wrong me, you damage your very soul; when you reject me, you’re flirting with death.’”

Having wisdom and making wise choices is not about acquiring a lot of life skills, it is about following Wisdom (see Proverbs chs 8-9) from God. In the New Testament, Christ has become for us wisdom from God (1 Corinthians 1.30). To live wisely is not to simply find “the good/easy/carefree/happy life.” Wisdom leads us to find THE way of Life (John 14.6), found in Jesus, Savior and Lord. And in Christ, we can finally live the whole of life before God in the way that life was meant to be lived (true wisdom). In following Christ, we turn away from foolishness, laziness, immorality, ungodliness, rashness, falsity and ultimately death (see 7 points from devotionals 2 and 3).

If you want to start living well, start by fearing God and living the whole of your life before him. Pray in response to God’s voice. Pray in response to Christ’s call to be his disciple and follow after him. It’s time to live well and at your best!

- JP

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