The world is loud. Really loud.
There are things being shouted at us from all directions at all times.
The woman Folly is loud;
she is seductive and knows nothing.
Proverbs 9:13 (ESV)
Foolishness is loud. It stands up and shouts an invitation and most people see the appeal in it and will follow the louder voice. But that voice leads nowhere but to shame and destruction.
It is the quiet voice that needs to be lifted up.
Does not wisdom call?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
On the heights beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud.
Proverbs 8:1-3 (ESV)
Where foolishness leads to destruction, wisdom, that quiet voice, leads to so much more.
Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
Proverbs 9:9b (ESV)
For by [wisdom] your days will be multiplied,
and years will be added to your life.
Proverbs 9:11 (ESV)
A slack hand causes poverty,
but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Proverbs 10:4 (ESV)
Read through Proverbs 9 and 10 and ponder the words associated with wisdom. These are the things we should be looking for – not the temptation that comes from foolishness, but the enduring benefits of wisdom:
I don’t know about you, but that list looks pretty good to me.
Daily Bible reading: Proverbs 9-10, 1 Corinthians 15:1-32