20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
21 on top of the wall she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
23 Repent at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.
24 But since you refuse to listen when I call
and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
25 since you disregard all my advice
and do not accept my rebuke,
26 I, in turn, will laugh when disaster strikes you;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
When we believe we are right, there is a switch that turns on inside of us. We will do just about anything to defend our stance. Out loud and strong. Some of us, more than others, will fight to the death to prove what we believe to be truth. Social media has provided a helping hand when the need to express our opinion comes on strong. Safely tucked behind a computer screen, we respond, many times, without thinking. Throwing wisdom to the wind. Making sure that our voice is heard loud and clear. Penned in ink for years to come. Wisdom isn’t crazy about this.
I love the personification in this scripture. Wisdom is telling us that she is raising her voice loud. To be heard above all of the noise. She loves us. She doesn’t want us to fail! She pours out everything that she has to give. A teacher that truly wants her students to learn. She is passionate about it. But she is no pushover!
She knows that if we do not listen to her advice, failure is imminent. Ha, she doesn’t hold back any punches. She lets us know that without wisdom, disaster will strike us; calamity will overtake us like a storm. Her, “I told you so.”, rings loud and true.
Wisdom is our friend. She tells us like it is. Wisdom is someone that we need to have on speed dial. As a favorite in our friends list. Our ears need to be tuned into her voice. She get’s it! She is, after all, wisdom!
Creatively His, Sue:)