Wisdom doesn't need a disguise

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
    she raises her voice in the public square;
 on top of the wall she cries out,
    at the city gate she makes her speech:
“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
    How long will mockers delight in mockery
    and fools hate knowledge?
Repent at my rebuke!
    Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
    I will make known to you my teachings.
Proverbs 1:20-23

Wisdom doesn't need a disguise. And that's exactly why it's hard to find.

You see, foolishness is always dressed up. Lies are always camouflaged so they look like truth.

But wisdom doesn't need a disguise. So when you line up all of them, it can be hard to see through the facade and charade to the verite. Yes, that's French for truth.

I was listening to Proverbs through my Bible app earlier, and it's amazing how the living and active Word of God speaks to me in so many fresh ways. As I listened, the words, "calls aloud," "raises her voice," and "cries out" stuck out to me.

Wisdom is speaking loud and clear. Are we listening? Or are we so deafened by the whispers and rumors of foolishness that we can't focus our ears to hear wisdom?

Maybe we can tune in and learn to distinguish wisdom from the cacophony. How?

Why doesn't wisdom need a disguise?

1) Wisdom is truth. Truth is truth. There wouldn't be such a concept as truth if it wasn't real and necessary, and, well, true in our world. Truth doesn't need to hide because it's what is right and honest and real about life. No shame.

2) Wisdom, quite often, is just plain common sense. Think about it. Is it wise to marry someone who has vastly different beliefs about life than you? No. Common sense says you'll be alone in your beliefs and committed to someone for life that you'll disagree with about things that are most important to you and closest to your heart. Or, something less dramatic: Is it wise to buy stuff you can't afford (now or ever)? Um, no. Common sense says debt is a stressful, dangerous thing.

3) Wisdom is good. Since we serve a God who is wise, we know that wisdom comes from Him. And since our God is good... add it up and we have a good God who bestows wisdom. When we are in tune with God and what He says is good in His Word, we can know wisdom by what is good.

Good is not the same as "nice," however. That is a tricky thing in today's culture because we are told that being "nice" is what is good. The Bible doesn't talk about being nice; the Bible talks about being kind, patient, loving, self-controlled, wise and innocent. Kindness is being respectful and loving to someone, and may also include telling them in a gentle but confident way why something they are doing or thinking is wrong because we don't want harm to come to them.

Listen to the voice of wisdom. She is easy to hear.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

19 comments:

  1. Great post, Faith. It is always good to be reminded to seek God's wisdom rather than our own. - Amy
    www.stylingrannymama.com

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  2. wow beautiful truths in this post. I love the comparison between the two you put here amazing visual.

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    1. Thanks! It's helpful for me to connect abstract concepts with concrete things like hearing and seeing.

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  3. why do I think of that Bible verse that says - "get wisdom and in all your getting, get understanding"....?

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  4. Love this - so true. I am often reminded of the way special forces are trained to uncover counterfeit money - they learn what the real money must look like so intimately that when something false comes by them, they can't help but see where the differences are. We don't need to spend time looking over how many lies there might be, just spend the time memorizing every aspect of the Truth.

    Marissa

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    1. Yes, yes! That is such a great example!

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  5. This is a GREAT post. Makes me think of the pharisees- they were always trying to make sure they looked the best. Showing off their good works. People with true wisdom won't be flaunting it, they will simply be a light.
    www.thedivinepresence.wordpress.com

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    1. Hmm, very true. Good food for thought - with great wisdom comes great humility.

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  6. So many forget to ask for wisdom. it's there for the asking.

    Marie
    spreading-joy.org

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  7. Wisdom is truth and truth brings Wisdom :) I totally agree - there is something way different about being kind than being nice!

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  8. Love this so, wisdom is truth and by its very nature has no darkness in it so cannot hide, it is the most visible thing there is, sometimes so much so that in its blinding light we run from it.

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    1. Beautifully said, Achama! I should have asked you to write the post! :)

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  9. Oh, I love this! Thank you for sharing!

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  10. Currently studying Ecclesiastes and been really thinking over being wise, making wise choices, seeking knowledge and using it for God's purpose; Especially Ecclesiastes 10. Feeling that God is leading me in a direction that is challenging my past beliefs and creating new definitions and standards of purpose. I really enjoyed this post! Thank you

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  11. I always think of King Solomon when I think of wisdom. Wouldn't it be good to have that kind of wisdom? We can through "listening" to the Word of God.

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  12. I thought it very interesting that you called wisdom a she.:) Great post -- I really enjoyed it.

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  13. It's so true that lies are often dressed up and disguised as truth! It's sad when I see so many young people believing the lies that are all dressed up rather than the truth.

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  14. Wisdom so necessary for all of us yet it seems to elude most of us.

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