March 7: Wisdom’s Challenge

 

Lenten Devotion: Wisdom’s Challenge


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wisdom's Challenge
Proverbs 8:1-21

Wisdom: knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action
Prudence: being careful in providing for the future

She stands in front of me, where the two roads meet before they continue through the gates and into the city. I am almost to my destination. My eyes are glued to the path… until I look up.

Her eyes are wide and piercing. Her spine erect. Her shoulders back. Her attention on me is perplexing, intimidating… unwanted.

She takes a deep breath in and gathers the power of her voice to reach my ears with a boom: “Listen!”

Lady Wisdom puts herself on my path and raises her voice to stop me on my journey. She seems to know that I don’t want to hear what she has to say.

Stop! Wait. Listen. Consider. Prepare.

What if her words ask me to change my course? Just listening would spend some of my precious time. She might totally change my perspective before I enter the metaphorical “city” – the hub of human relationship, economy, daily life, daily grind.

What a pain wisdom is! What an inconvenience! What a nasty woman!

And yet, what if I’m just using labels to avoid the pain of the truth she carries?

She calls out to me to listen to what may be inconvenient, but she is also:
Right
Just
True
Faultless
Knowledge
Counsel
Discretion
Sound Judgment
Understanding
Power
Prosperity

You! Listen! Wisdom calls. She holds words that may challenge, and may change your path. Seek her and you will find her.

She stands in front of you, where the two roads meet before they continue through the gates and into the city. You are almost to your destination. Will you look at her? Will you listen? Will you change?

Rev. Marissa Danney
SFTS MDiv and DASD 2014