“Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice?” (Proverbs 8:1)
Many things compete for our attention on a daily basis. Each day, our minds and hearts are bombarded with thoughts motivated by our experiences and
observations. We often feel as though there exists a cosmic battle for our interest, until one side of that battle finally entices us and captures us completely.
The war is real. The principalities of darkness have been contending for the affections of man since the Garden of Eden. From the lure of the forbidden fruit to the modern day woo of billboards, man has heard the siren call of sin and has no power in himself to resist it.
Solomon knew this call very well, and we have observed how he warned his children against seduction several times throughout the first few chapters of Proverbs. In our last message, we felt his passionate plea against the lure of the adulteress and her evil call.
Thankfully, another call is heard. While the destructive call of sin seems to permeate this world, a better, more effectual call rings out from heaven: the call of wisdom! Wisdom is raising her voice, calling all those who have ears to hear to come and possess her. Unlike the destructive nature of the adulteress, wisdom speaks noble things (v6), righteous words (v8), and sound counsel (v14). Wisdom hates pride, arrogance, and perversion (v13). Wisdom is the source of authority (15-16). Wisdom has ancient beginnings (v22-31). Whoever hears the call of wisdom and embraces her “finds life and obtains favor from the LORD.”
What a stark contrast these two calls are! The difference is so great because the call of the adulteress comes from Satan himself, but the call of wisdom comes from Christ himself. When we examine each of wisdom’s attributes, we cannot help but see Wisdom Personified – Christ, the “Wisdom of God!” (1 Corinthians 1:24)