September 21, Saturday

Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought, written by Pastor Yohan Lee of Remnant Church (NYC), was first posted on November 15, 2014


Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

Proverbs 8:1-11

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. 5 You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.  6 Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right. 7 My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. 8 All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. 9 To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge. 10 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, 11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

According to Wikipedia, the phrase “elephant in the room” is an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is either being ignored or unaddressed. It also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss. Behind this idea is that an elephant in a room would be impossible to overlook; thus, people in the room who pretend the elephant is not there have chosen to avoid dealing with the looming big issue.

In Proverbs 8, lady wisdom presents herself as the “elephant in the room.”  But not in the negative sense that wisdom is this big problem that people are trying to avoid; to the contrary, wisdom is loud and conspicuous, but unfortunately, too often ignored.  Many of us do not really have a good understanding of biblical wisdom, but simply put, it can best be defined as a skill set to make godly choices. When we understand it like that, it is easy to agree that wisdom is more precious than rubies (8:11), for who wouldn’t want more of that?  

Here is the great news: Wisdom is even more ready to go home with you than the temptress in Prov. 7, for she calls out from the highest point and the city gates, looking to grab attention (8:1-3); she wants to be found.  Moreover, James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” We have a heavenly Father who is eager to equip you with the tools you need to live well in this world.

So, this morning, pray for wisdom.

Prayer: Lord, help me to make wise choices.  Thank You, Father, for being generous with me and wanting me to live wisely for You. Give me the wisdom to seek wisdom from You daily.  Amen.  

Bible Reading for Today:  Matthew 18-19

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