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Wisdom is making her last bid to be heard. Her voice may sound like a hushed whisper due to excessive verbalization but her words are unadulterated truth! Her voice may be cracking from loquacity but the words are not garbled, for they are still intelligible. Her voice may sound like a record being played on a run-down gramophone but her words are still audible. "Wisdom hath builded her house," Prov. 9:1.
Listen to Wisdom
Wisdom stands like a town crier, who, in her lofty seat in the highest tower in town, sends forth her message in clarion tone so that all may hear her. Do you? Are you listening? She not only wants you to hear her speak, but she instructs you to heed (obey) her message. All parents have heard their infants cry.
     They need only listen to that cry to determine what kind it is. They can tell if it expresses hunger, pain, fright, and loneliness. Parents: are your children still crying, perhaps inaudibly - crying for food, not for satisfaction from the hunger of their stomachs, but the hunger of their hearts? Teach them Yahweh's ways, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it,” Prov. 22:6. And you, the youth of today, both young and old alike: are your parents crying? Crying because you have failed to attend to and learn from their instructions? “Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding,” See Prov. 4:1.
     Yes, Wisdom is calling but who is listening? Many hear Wisdom calling, but few will really listen to her by beginning to obey what she teaches. Many are called but few are chosen! Listen to Yahshua, Who personified Wisdom to the nth degree, when He gave the parable of the marriage of the king's son, in Matt. 22:1-14. Similarly, everything is there in Proverbs 9, and the bidding, by invitation or by calling, has been sent out! (Verse 3) The invitation is presented to the simple or unsuspecting ones, those who have never had a wrong education. Specifically those are called who have a heart for understanding, “Who is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding,” Prov. 9:4-6.
Who are your friends? Do they unthinkingly commit acts which are unreasonable or seemingly senseless? Do they get their kicks from making life miserable for others? Are they malicious, insolent, incorrigible? Or are your friends, those buddies who are your companions, people who will stick by you when the going gets rough? Do they think it contemptuous to injure others by any means? If they are of the first type it would be to your benefit to seek out friends of different attitude, because they are certainly of this world and "whosoever will be a friend of this world is the enemy of Yahweh," James 4:4. Don't get so wrapped up in the cares of this life that you lose sight of the main goal, which is everlasting life. Compare verse 6 with 1 John 2:15-17.
Hold Your Tongue
"The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, the one defiling the whole body, and setting on fire the course of nature; and it is setting on fire the fire which burns forever," James 3:6.
     "Oops, sorry, I didn't mean to say that." "I guess I should have thought before I answered." Have you ever been plagued with the necessity of offering such an excuse? Unfortunately this happens all too often, for the tongue is a restless appendage ready to be used on a moment's notice. No one can tame his tongue (“But the tongue, no man can tame,” James 3:8) but we can learn to control it (“Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles,” Prov. 21:23). We must learn when to speak and when to keep our mouth shut. Perhaps experience will help one learn, but the college of hard knocks is a hard school to graduate from. Prov. 9:7-9 gives a little deeper insight into this subject:
     “He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will get wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
     A scorner, or a scoffer, is one who ridicules or makes fun of his enemies. It is better not to reprove, convict, someone else, because Yahweh wants us to condemn ourselves. We must first see the sinners we are, verses 7 and 8.
     Yes, hold your tongue and learn to speak only when it is necessary. Let your tongue be the tongue of the learned, (“Yahweh Elohim hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned,” Isaiah 50:4) and not the tongue which speaks deceitfully (“Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his wait,” Jer. 9:8).
     Let your tongue be like that of the virtuous woman, one of high moral character, who speaks with kindness (“She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness,” Prov. 31: 26) and not the wayward, fickle, capricious tongue which speaks lies, see Prov. 6:17.
Have you ever offered advice to someone? Parents do it to their children virtually every day under the guise of instruction. Giving advice to people can lead down two paths - either they will find the very thought of you offering advice distasteful and dislike you for it, or they will thank you for it because they know you are intending it only for their betterment, Prov. 9:8-9.
Oh, To Feel Important
How is your ego these days? Are you the type of insecure person who needs a psychological pat on the back every day to keep you going, like "You're doing a great job, keep it up"? Do you feel there are days which are a complete, utter waste of time? Whether you put in a 16-hour work day or rest the entire day in bed, you can still make the day be useful. In reading Prov. 3:2, 16; 4:10 and 9:10 -11 you will notice that by keeping Yahweh's commandments each day of our lives we shall gain knowledge and wisdom and understanding for "The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom," Prov. 9:10. Keeping the commandments of Yahweh will add days, even years, to your life and make it much more productive, because you have a purpose in living!
Complain, Complain, Complain
Do you know of anyone who is always complaining, complaining about something - - with the biggest complaint of all: "no one listens to me"? Perhaps that person is too dense or insensitive to fully realize how the words that come out of his, or her, mouth may sound. The inflection placed upon words in a sentence can change a command into a complaint, while each basically conveys the same thoughts or desires. This is brought out dynamically in a paraphrase of Prov. 9:13-15: "A foolish or dense person complains because he or she doesn't know any better. They sit on their high horse calling to people, but the people don't listen, they keep right on going their own way or doing what they were doing." There is certainly nothing wrong in making a legitimate complaint if a complaint is defined as a voice of displeasure-ment. But when complaints are uttered in excess, in an endless torrent of vituperation, they will tend to fall upon deaf ears.
Lack It – Ask For It
If you feel you lack Wisdom, ask Yahweh in steadfast, humble faith to give it to you. Study the Scriptures which "shall make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Yahshua Messiah" for it is by acting out, really living what the Scriptures say, that man can "become perfect, thoroughly equipped to do every good work," 2 Tim. 3:15-16. You may you can "pull a fast one on Yahweh," but in the end the score will be evened and sometimes that day of reckoning is a bitter pill to swallow. Unless a changed attitude of repentance is evident to Yahweh, you may find yourself lodged with the destroyed Cain civilization, eternal destruction from Yahweh's presence. When this happens it will be too late to send Wisdom, so why not begin tuning in to her directions TODAY? True fulfillment as a child of Yahweh's can be yours for obedience!
-Elder Roger G. Meyer

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