January 6, 2018
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The fear of the Lord is life indeed;
filled with it one rests secure
and suffers no harm.
Proverbs: God’s Wisdom for Daily Living
20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
20 Wisdom cries aloud in the street; she raises her voice in the markets.
21 She cries at the head of the noisy intersections — in the chief gathering places — at the entrance of the city places she speaks:
22 How long, O simple ones and open to evil, will you love being simple? And the scoffers delight in scoffing, and (self-confident) fools hate knowledge?
23 If you will turn (repent) and give heed to my reproof, behold, I (Wisdom), will pour out my spirit upon you, I will make my words known to you.
Thought for the Day
Verses 20-21 – The author of all wisdom is the Lord God Himself. One of His names is WISDOM. The above Scripture is a picture of God’s call to all men everywhere. In the typical city of ancient Israel, ordinary citizens were in its streets, businessmen were in its marketplaces, and leaders were found in the meeting places within the enormous gates of the city’s surrounding walls. God calls people of every occupation, from ordinary citizens to highest officials, to heed Him and be saved. God, through His evangelists and servants, sends His gospel message to the marketplace and cities of the world.
Verses 22-23 – The Hebrew word for simple in these verses means “foolish, easily enticed, credulous, inexperienced.” Therefore, we see that the Lord is telling us not to be foolish, but to apply His wisdom in all that we do. If we learn to be responsible and deal righteously, He will promote us to places of leadership. God desires to put us in positions of authority to help others learn His ways. He is using Christian businessmen today to bring godly principles into the market place. Any nation that aligns its economic principles with God’s Word will prosper. The opposite is also true; nations failing to do this will not be blessed, but suffer poverty and economic failure. These same principles also apply to personal finances.
Prayer Devotional for the Day