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Wisdom Says: Wisdom Doesn’t Hide

“Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud: ‘To you, O men, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.’ ” (Proverbs 8:1-4)

For the next week, we’re going to listen to Wisdom. Yes, I capitalized that “W” on purpose. That’s because Proverbs 8 quotes Wisdom herself, calling out to us. Yes, I wrote “us,” even though Proverbs 8 was written thousands of years ago. Wisdom wants to talk to you this week.

hurting_350Notice this first: Wisdom is not hiding. She’s not a secret available only to those of us rich enough or smart enough or spiritual enough to find her. She’s not a prize awarded to the most popular or most attractive or most polite. She wants to be found. She wants you to find her.

That’s why she’s standing there at the top of the hill, at the gate to the city, at the one spot that everyone must pass by sooner or later. And she’s not whispering. She’s yelling, calling out, looking you in the eye. She wants to be heard. She wants you to pay attention.

Think: Do you ever think of wisdom as being secretive and mysterious instead of obvious and available to all? Why or why not?

Pray: Ask God for the boldness and courage to listen to Wisdom this next week. Ask Him to help you slow down long enough not to miss what she wants to tell you.

Do: Read Proverbs 1.

Posted September 15, 2014

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Posted September 14, 2014

“It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit . . .” (1 Peter 3:18-19)

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Hurting for Good?: Why So Hopeful?

Posted September 13, 2014

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may […]

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Hurting for Good?: Don’t Be Frightened

Posted September 12, 2014

“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” (1 Peter 3:13-14)

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Hurting for Good?: Conditional Love

Posted September 11, 2014

“Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the […]

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Hurting for Good?: Loving Life?

Posted September 10, 2014

“For, ‘Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.’ ” (1 Peter 3:10)

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Hurting for Good?: No Touch-Backs!

Posted September 9, 2014

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:9)

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