Like Lot, I saw beautiful, lush land far off to the side of the narrow path, and I departed thinking that I could serve two masters. But once again it has been proven that I cannot, and I yearn for the comforting embrace of my merciful Saviour. Today, Trinity Sunday, I heard the voice of Wisdom calling out to me in church, directing me to the only One Who can offer safety in a fallen world:
“It is Wisdom calling,
Understanding raising her voice.
She takes her stand at the topmost heights,
By the wayside, at the crossroads,
Near the gates at the city entrance;
At the entryways, she shouts,
‘O men, I call to you;
My cry is to all mankind.
O simple ones, learn shrewdness;
O dullards, instruct your minds.
Listen, for I speak noble things;
Uprightness comes from my lips;
My mouth utters truth;
Wickedness is abhorrent to my lips.
All my words are just,
None of them perverse or crooked;
All are straightforward to the intelligent man,
And right to those who have attained knowledge.
Accept my discipline rather than silver,
Knowledge rather than choice gold.
For wisdom is better than rubies;
No goods can equal her.
I, Wisdom, live with Prudence;
I attain knowledge and foresight.
To fear the LORD is to hate evil;
I hate pride, arrogance, the evil way,
And duplicity in speech.
Mine are counsel and resourcefulness;
I am understanding; courage is mine.
Through me kings reign
And rulers decree just laws;
Through me princes rule,
Great men and all the righteous judges.
Those who love me I love,
And those who seek me will find me.
Riches and honour belong to me,
Enduring wealth and success.
My fruit is better than gold, fine gold,
And my produce better than choice silver.
I walk on the way of righteousness,
On the paths of justice.
I endow those who love me with substance;
I will fill their treasuries.
The LORD created me at the beginning of His course
As the first of His works of old.
In the distant past I was fashioned,
At the beginning, at the origin of earth.
There was still no deep when I was brought forth,
No springs rich in water;
Before [the foundation of] the mountains were sunk,
Before the hills I was born.
He had not yet made earth and fields,
Or the world’s first clumps of clay.
I was there when He set the heavens into place;
When He fixed the horizon upon the deep;
When He made the heavens above firm,
And the foundations of the deep gushed forth;
When He assigned the sea its limits,
So that its waters never transgress His command;
When He fixed the foundations of the earth,
I was with Him as a confidant,
A source of delight every day,
Rejoicing before Him at all times,
Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
Finding delight with mankind.
Now, sons, listen to me;
Happy are they who keep my ways,
Heed discipline and become wise;
Do not spurn it.
Happy is the man who listens to me,
Coming early to my gates each day,
Waiting outside my doors.
For he who finds me finds life
And obtains favour from the LORD.
But he who misses me destroys himself;
All who hate me love death‘”
(Proverbs 8 JPS)
This content is drawn from: Ezekiel 11:1-12 “Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, ‘Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?’” Matthew 9:4 What could be more private than our own thoughts? As soon as we put a pen to paper or type words on a screen, we know that what we’ve written can be discovered. A […]