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Wisdom Is Calling

Wisdom versus Folly — Proverbs Chapter 9

   Wisdom is making her last bid. She does not desire to buy anything, but rather is making her last cry for people to listen. Will you listen? Her voice may sound like a whisper due to excessive verbalization, but her words are still all truth. Her voice may sound crackled, but not garbled, for her words are still intelligible. Her voice may sound like a record being played on a run-down gramophone, but her words are still audible. Yes, wisdom continues to cry, and:
Wisdom has buildeth her house, Proverbs 8:1a.
  This is not a cry indicating pain and suffering, but it is a cry which is being made, pleading for people to:

Listen To What Wisdom Is Saying
   Wisdom stands like a town crier, who, in her lofty seat in the highest tower in town, sends forth her message so that all may hear her. Are you one that hears her? If so, then wisdom wants you to listen to her. All parents have heard their infants cry but they must listen to that cry to determine what kind it is — that of hunger, pain, loneliness, etc. Parents, are your children still crying, perhaps inaudibly, even as they grow older? This then, need not be to satisfy the hunger of their stomachs, but to satisfy the hunger of their hearts. Parents: you are to teach your children of Yahweh’s ways:
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it, Proverbs 22:6.
   And to the youth of today — both young and old alike: Are your parents crying? Yes, crying because you failed to attend to their instructions.
A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent, Proverbs 15:5.
   Yes, wisdom is calling, but who is listening? Many will hear wisdom calling, but few will really listen to her. Yahshua tells us in Matthew 22:14b, For many are called, but few are chosen.
   We should listen to Yahshua, Who personified wisdom to the nth degree when He spoke of the parable of the marriage of the king’s son in Matthew 22:1-14. Everything is there and the bidding (calling) has been sent out (And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come, Matthew 22:3.). The invitation is even given to the simple or unsuspecting ones and specifically to those who have a heart for understanding,
Again, He sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared My dinner: My oxen and My fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage, Matthew 22:4.

   Who are your friends? Do they commit acts which are unreasonable or seemingly senseless? Do they get their kicks from making it miserable for others? Or, are your friends those buddies who are your companions 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 do you good to seek out others, for they are certainly of this world and “whosoever will be a friend of the world is the enemy of Yahweh,” James 4:4. Don’t get so wrapped up in the cares of this life so that you lose sight of the main goal, which is everlasting life.

Hold Your Tongue
   And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell, 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 can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison, James 3:6.). However, one can learn to control it (Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles, Proverbs 21:23.). One must learn when to speak and when to keep his mouth shut. Perhaps experience will help one learn but the college of hard-knocks is a hard school to graduate from. Proverbs 9:7-9 gives a little insight into this matter:
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 be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning, Proverbs 9:7-9.
   A scorner, or a scoffer, is one who ridicules or makes fun of his enemies. It is better not to reprove (convict) someone else for Yahweh wants us to condemn ourselves — the sinners we are, Proverbs 9:7 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, Jeremiah 9:8.). Let your tongue be like that of a 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, Proverbs 31:26.) and not the tongue which speaks lies. (See Prov. 6:17.).

   Have you ever offered advice to someone? Parents offer advice to their children virtually everyday under the guise of instruction. Giving advice to people can lead down two paths — either they will find the 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,
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 be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning, Proverbs 9:8-9.

Oh, To Feel Important!
   How is your ego these days? Are you the type of person who needs a pat on the back everyday to keep you going? “You’re doing great job, keep it up.” Do you feel there are days which are a complete waste of time? Whether you put in a 16 hour work day or rest the entire day in bed, you can still make a day be useful. In reading Prov. 3:2, 16; 4:10; 9:10-11, 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,” Proverbs 9:10a.

Stop Complaining
   Do you know of anyone who is always complaining about something with the biggest complaint of all being: “no one listens to me.” Perhaps that person is too dense 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 in a paraphrase of Proverbs 9:13-15:
   “A foolish or dense person complains because he (or she) doesn’t know any better. They sit on their high horses calling to people, but the people don’t listen, they keep right on going their own way or doing what they are doing.”
   There is certainly nothing wrong by giving a complaint if one defines a complaint as a voice of displeasure. But, it is when complaints are uttered in excess that they will tend to fall upon deaf ears.
   If you feel you lack wisdom, ask Yahweh, in steadfast faith, to give it to you. Study the Scriptures
Which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Messiah Yahshua. All scripture is given by inspiration of Yahweh, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of Elohim may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works, 2 Timothy 3:15-17.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee, Proverbs 4:7-9.

-Elder Roger G. Meyer

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