Day 1 – The Wisdom Cry

Day 1 – The Wisdom Cry

Bible Reading: Proverbs 8

Were you ever called foolish in your growing up years?

In my context, it was like a stab- a stab right in the heart. It hurt terribly. And to be honest, it really didn’t matter whether the allegation was grounded or not.

Why would I be thought of as foolish?

I felt like I would want to walk the dark lonely streets and cry out into the night ‘where is wisdom?! Where are you hiding?! Wisdom, I need you!’ 

I felt willing to do whatever it would take to have wisdom.

But today’s reading is quite interesting to me, because it paints a picture of quite the opposite happening!

Wisdom is actually the one walking the streets and crying out for people:

Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?
She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,
At the entrance of the doors:
 “To you, O men, I call,
And my voice is to the sons of men.
Proverbs 8:1, 3-4 NKJV

The Bible shows that wisdom isn’t some scarce, mysterious, get-me-if-you-can thing. Wisdom is right within our reach.

I’ve seen people present and market themselves to you and the terrible mistake you’ll make is taking them at their word. Heavy and brilliant CV’s but empty people.  Great adverts, useless products.

It’s called ‘packaging’.

Is the Bible merely presenting wisdom in some fanfare that actually lacks substance?  Far from that. Wisdom boasts an incredible CV! Catch a glance at some of what wisdom can do for you and some of the beautiful words associated with wisdom:

Wisdom teaches prudence (v5, 12)  inclines to excellence ( v 6), Shows what’s right (v 6), upholds truth (v 7),  leads in righteousness (v 8, 18, 20), simplicity (v 9), discretion (v 12), counsel (v 14), strength (v 14), justice (v 15, 20), riches (v 18), honour (v 18), endurance (v 18), wealth (v 21), stirs an atmosphere of rejoicing (v 30),  gives instruction (v 33)

This feels like one of those too-good-to-be-true adverts! Why would I get all of this and you’re the one crying out for me?!

But friends, that’s the reality of our generous God! He freely offers us wisdom to live with! If we sit in folly or live our lives outside of all the blessings of wisdom, it’s because we didn’t take on God’s generous offer.

I’m glad that we’re going to share the next five days on this Surge journey, because I believe it represents a surge in the wisdom of God in and for our lives.

Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of my doors.
 For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the Lord
Proverbs 8:34-35 NKJV

That’s what we want to do! To watch daily at the gates of wisdom by studying God’s word together as we get some very practical help for this season of our lives.

Let’s look over the CV of wisdom again, and all those beautiful words associated with it:

Wisdom teaches prudence (v5, 12)  inclines to excellence (v 6), Shows what’s right (v 6) , upholds truth (v 7),  leads in righteousness (v 8, 18, 20), simplicity (v 9), discretion (v 12), counsel (v 14), strength (v 14), justice (v 15, 20), riches (v 18), honour (v 18), endurance (v 18), wealth (v 21), stirs an atmosphere of rejoicing (v 30),  gives instruction (v 33)

What strikes you the most on the list? Write out in the comments section below one or two things that you feel like you can do with some more of it in this season of your life and then get ready and expectant for it!

Something To Pray
And if anyone longs to be wise, ask God for wisdom and he will give it! He won’t see your lack of wisdom as an opportunity to scold you over your failures but he will overwhelm your failures with his generous grace. James 1:5 TPT

Would you pray today asking God for a surge in wisdom in your life in this season.

Tolulope Moody
pastor@sycamore.church

21 Comments

  1. Echanah Daniel

    I’d love a stiring up of the strenght that wisdom gives and grace to endure as I engage all He has for me.

    I’d also love to walk in the Spirit of excellence and righteousness.

  2. Joseph

    I can do with more inclination to excellence and prudence.
    Thank you, sir!
    This is definitely a good steer in the right direction.

  3. AJAYI Adebayo

    Thank you Sir

    I can do with more inclination to excellence and receiving wisdom instructions in this season.

  4. Oluwadunsin Olorunfemi

    Counsel: This strikes me a lot because I need my heart to be guided in best judgements and decisions

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