Wisdom is a Noisy Lady – Proverbs 1

How much noise can you tolerate? Because of my sensitive hearing, I withdraw from situations where the noise level is uncomfortably loud. If I’m behaving foolishly, however, I want wisdom to raise her voice.

In the first chapter of Proverbs there’s a list of warnings for those who ignore wise counsel.

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“Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice. At the head of the noisy streets she cries out, at the entrance of the city gates she speaks” (Proverbs 1:20-21 ESV).

We don’t have to copy other people’s mistakes. We can learn discernment from paying attention and making changes. This will bring more desirable outcomes, as the last verses in this chapter promise.

“For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me (wisdom) will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster” (verses 32-33).

Do you hear me now? 

These verses are telling me that if I listen to wisdom I will be secure, at ease, and not need to fear disaster. I want to hear what wisdom’s saying, and not turn away or become complacent. I don’t like being yelled at, but I’d prefer hearing her warnings than losing my way.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Oregon's fertile Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for Pathways—Moments with God since 2016 and posts devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

7 comments

  1. Ina, though I am not qualified to give you counsel concerning your health choices, I will pray God leads you to the peace in your decision that you need. I hope you also find wise counselors you can confide in.

  2. I am running benhid in study , but I am in a waiting time. Because of my failing health at my young age of 36. I have to decide if I am going to have operations that will prohibit my opportunity to have more children. I do want to have more children but in my health state is that fair and wise????? I am wanting a direct word from god that I am left without a shadow of doubt but sometimes god will sit silent and allow me to make some choices????

  3. I like your comment about learning “the power of being honest,” morethanlegs. And I think his wisdom must always be available to us if we are determined to hear it calling us.

  4. When disaster happens, our first response is to be upset and afraid. These are normal responses. They can be as powerful as a hurricane-causing devastation; but after the impact of the storm, we can center ourselves back into God’s arms and hear him speak wisdom to us. So I’ve learned the power of being honest with my feelings and letting them go so I can grasp the wisdom he gives.

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