We are living in unprecedented times, watching in amazement as nations scramble to respond to the spread of COVID-19 within their borders. Individuals and families, schools and businesses are seeking wisdom for how to make decisions in these unusual times. After meeting with my prayer partner this week, I looked down at my prayer list and found the word “wisdom” in 4 of my requests!
This is probably why the call from a woman named Wisdom got my attention. In Proverbs (the book of the Bible by this name) wisdom is portrayed as a woman. In Proverbs 8:1-4 we read,
“Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? 2 At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand 3 beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud: 4 “To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.”
At the places where our vision is expanded, those places in the journey where we must make decisions, where we feel like we can’t wait any longer. That moment at the port where we enter the city or depart, lady Wisdom is calling us. “I have something to say to you” she says. “I can help you” she invites. She tells us that she and God are on intimate terms. He had her with him at the very beginning, she knows his heart and enjoyed every moment as all creation was formed. In other words, she knows how the universe works; she knows what she is talking about. (Proverbs 8:22-31)
To start a relationship with lady wisdom we will need a healthy reverence for Yahweh and an intimate experience with him. We will need to stop by lady wisdom’s house regularly to find life and to have God’s favor on us, but we can do that.
One more thing, anyone can come. (Proverbs 9:1-6). You can be young or old, brilliant or simple, it doesn’t matter what your passport says or what language you speak, lady wisdom is inviting you to come to her house, to listen and receive. This is what we need.
Be strong and take courage,