2 Chronicles 4:1-22; Romans 7:1-4; Psalms 17:6-15; Proverbs 8:1-11
Psalms: “I call on you, God, because you will answer me; listen closely to me; hear what I say. Display the wonders of your faithful love, Savior of all who seek refuge from those who rebel against your right hand. Protect me as the pupil of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who treat me violently, my deadly enemies who surround me.” (Psalms 17:6-9 CSB)
King David was surrounded by enemies that wanted to take his life and snuff out the purposes of God. He was in an impossible situation with seemingly nowhere to go. However, there was a place he could go for refuge, for direction, for wisdom. He could go to the Lord in prayer. David called on God… El in Hebrew… the Almighty. He knew that the Almighty could and would save him from those who stood to rebel against God’s purposes. Who are our enemies today? Our enemies are those who desire to drive us from God’s grace and purposes and drive us into self-reliance and self-destruction. Our enemies are our flesh, the world system, and the devil and his minions. We are at all times surrounded by our enemies. We live in our flesh and as long as we are alive, cannot escape it. We live in the world and are surrounded by the world system. Currently, we live on a world that is dominated by the kingdom of darkness. Where can we go to find refuge… to find safety… to find wisdom… to find strategy? If we have offered our lives to God through faith in Jesus Christ, we can go and abide in the presence of The Almighty. Our wise call is to call on God and seek refuge in Him – not to run away from our enemies – but to be saved from the pressure that seeks to marginalize and destroy us.
Proverbs: “Doesn’t wisdom call out? Doesn’t understanding make her voice heard? At the heights overlooking the road, at the crossroads, she takes her stand. Beside the gates leading into the city, at the main entrance, she cries out: “People, I call out to you; my cry is to the children of Adam. Learn to be shrewd, you who are inexperienced; develop common sense, you who are foolish. Listen, for I speak of noble things, and what my lips say is right. For my mouth tells the truth, and wickedness is detestable to my lips. All the words from my mouth are righteous; none of them are deceptive or perverse. All of them are clear to the perceptive, and right to those who discover knowledge. Accept my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold. For wisdom is better than jewels, and nothing desirable can equal it.” (Proverbs 8:1-11 CSB)
The wisdom of God is not hiding. The wisdom of God is not exclusively available to a select few. The wisdom of God stands in the busiest intersection of town, out in broad daylight, and calls out with a loud voice to all who pass by. Yet most people pass by God’s wisdom without giving it a second thought. Far from the “wisdom” you find on social media site or by querying Google, God’s wisdom is true – God’s wisdom is righteous – God’s wisdom is free from deception – God’s wisdom is free from perversity. Is the wisdom of God a mystery? Yes, it is – but it is a mystery that has been fully revealed through the person of Jesus Christ. How do we seek after and find the wisdom of God? If God’s wisdom is fully revealed through Christ, then we find God’s wisdom, God’s clarity, God’s knowledge through placing our faith in and following after Jesus. The call of wisdom is heard in Jesus’ voice when He says, “Come to Me.” Will we heed the call or will we pass it by.