Let’s start with our text today, and then unpack it. Proverbs 8:1, “Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?”
I think wisdom is like a firefly. No noise, and, honestly, no worth other than the thrill of waiting for one to light up the day. We jar them and celebrate it for no other fact than it mesmerizes us. Have you ever tried to catch a firefly? It is all waiting, and no rush. All you can is sit and watch and wait.
Then slowly a small flicker comes over the dark and you must still be slow. Almost too slow. Anything quicker would spook it, and it would fly off. Still, once you catch it, you can’t be too aggressive you must just enjoy it and its illuminating presence. Anything more is to abuse the bug.
Wisdom is just like this. When it calls, you only see it if you’re on the hunt. You only appreciate it if you just let it be exactly what it is. Anything more is to miss it. Notice how I say “anything more.” I think listening to the call of wisdom is not adding more to our lives. It is not another thing to do, it is about slowly taking the things that really don’t matter away. We don’t add more to get to wisdom. We always take things away.
Now to be clear, this is what I mean: you cannot force wisdom on top of your life. It must be the first thing you seek, alongside of God. You can’t place finding wisdom in your schedule right after watching TV or playing video games. It must come first. Maybe not in your schedule but in your priority.
So for you, today, slow down a little. Hunt for wisdom slowly, and if you feel like you can’t find it, slow down even more, and just allow yourself to wait for it. Then hopefully, you will see it light up on the other side of the yard. Take your time once you see it and just enjoy the fact it is calling.
This is the call of wisdom. – Jack Hein
Journal Questions: Journal Guide: Take some time to get alone today and take about 15-20 minutes to journal through these questions. Journaling is a way we pray to God, so see what God might be telling you.
1. A great step to hearing the call of wisdom is by simply saying yes to it. Have you made the decision to seek after wisdom? If you have then write yes, and look back on your journey of seeking for it. If not, would consider seeking after it today?
2. Have you ever tried to catch something before? How did it go?
3. How do you think following the voice of wisdom is similar or different from trying to catch something?
4. Take some time to write a prayer to God.
Prayer: Read Proverbs 8 and then do this action today. Sit in silence for 2 minutes. No music, no TV, and just sit in silence. Hearing wisdom starts in the silence.