Thursday, April 17, 2014

Who Do You Listen To?

"Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. She cries out in the chief concourses, at the opening of the gates in the city She speaks her words:"
Proverbs 1:20, 21 (NKJV)

In the Book of Proverbs we see several references to wisdom calling out to people.  There are some valuable things we can learn from these examples.  One thing we can see is that wisdom is available, if we listen for it.  We can also see that wisdom is something that will benefit us and help us to lead the right kind of life.  And we can see that wisdom is not the only thing that is calling for our attention; there are many things and many opinions that we can hear.  Our success or failure in life will depend a lot on what it is we pay attention to.

We hear things from other people, we can see and hear the news and the latest events going on around us, and we can of course listen to God through His Word and the direction He gives by the Holy Spirit. There are many things calling for our attention and it is impossible to avoid hearing some things that are not good or profitable.  But, what do we choose to focus on and follow, what do we pay attention to?  Wisdom is calling to us every day through God's Word, but are we listening to that wisdom or are we listening to the wisdom and information from the world?

Proverbs 9 shows an interesting example of this.  In the first part of Proverbs 9 it talks about wisdom calling out to people and then later in Proverbs 9 it talks about a foolish woman who is also calling out to people.  Both wisdom and the foolish woman are calling out to people but what they offer is not the same.  Wisdom leads to life and understanding while the foolish woman, personifying things that are contrary to godly wisdom, leads to the depths of hell.  We all have the choice about who and what we are going to listen to in life and we need to be sure that what we hear is wisdom based on the Word of God; that will lead us to success.

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