Proverbs 8: King James Bible
Wisdom Cries Out – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eight, Verses 1-3
1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? 2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. 3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Wisdom Cries Out
As the entirety of chapter seven concentrated on the strange woman (which we equated with the world and it’s Babylonian systems and ways), this chapter concentrates on wisdom and understanding.
For reasons we’ve discussed in chapter four of Proverbs, in the devotional called”Hold Fast to Instruction,” wisdom and understanding are often referred to as “she” or “her.” In the aforementioned devotional, we discuss why that is.
Despite the feminine terminology, these properties being described through this chapter are strong characteristics of the Holy Ghost. I believe that when Solomon is referring to “her” or “she,” he’s saying these things as terms of endearment, as one would with a car, boat, or something along those lines. When was the last time you heard a ship captain refer to a ship as a “he?”
I felt the need to say all of that, because these verses have caused some confusion for many, trying to cause a false light to fall into the eyes of people about the Holy Ghost, as if it is the feminine side of the Father. I just don’t believe that to be true.
Right at the beginning of this chapter, we can grab a stark difference between the strange woman and the Holy Ghost. The strange woman waits at every corner, using flattery and deception to entice her victim.
Wisdom cries out, and goes to all of the places great and small, to seek someone who’ll take heed. Instead of deceptive intentions and flattering words, wisdom and understanding are crying out, almost desperately, with the intention to save.
I envision a father pleading with his blindfolded children, to turn away from their current course, because they’re unwittingly walking toward a cliff. If they listen and change course, they’ll walk back to safety. If they choose not to listen, off the cliff they go.
This desperation, and willingness to warn us about that cliff that’s coming, should cause for us to be more mindful about the Father’s heart. He doesn’t want anyone to perish. He’d rather us listen to him, and obey his commandments.
Not because he’s overbearing, but because his commandments keep us free from anything that can bring in defeat. For all of us, victory has been scheduled into our lives. We’re the ones that think we know better than he does. We’re the ones that make the will of the Lord in our lives to none effect. Not him.
Related New Testament Scripture
Luke 21: King James Bible
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
Acts 6: King James Bible
3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
Acts 6: King James Bible
10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.
1 Corinthians 2: King James Bible
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1 Corinthians 12: King James Bible
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
Ephesians 1: King James Bible
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
Colossians 1: King James Bible
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
Colossians 4: King James Bible
5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
James 1: King James Bible
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Thank you for being patient with us through all of the things you see and hear. Please Lord, should we ever turn a deaf ear to your wisdom and understanding, please wake us up, take the blindfolds off, so that we don’t walk headlong off a spiritual cliff. Thank you for caring about your children, and thank you for all of your many mercies and being faithful to forgive. In the name of the Lord Jesus we pray.
When wisdom cries out, are you listening?