At the Crossroads

Today's devotion from Proverbs 8 and 9.

As I was reading tonight, I began to look through these verses and study. One of the sources I read focused in on Proverbs 8:1-3, "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." (Proverbs 8:1-3, CSB)

Duane A. Garrett wrote, "Wisdom calls for an audience at the places where she is most likely to find one: from the heights by the road, at crossroads, and at entrances to the city. She is like a merchant hawking her wares. This would not seem to be a dignified posture for one so exalted as she, but the important point is that wisdom is for ordinary people—she is not confined to the academic classroom or to sacred precincts of the temple. Nor is she high atop some mountain where only the hardiest and most determined will find her. To the contrary, she wants to attract all and be accessible to all. The attainment of Wisdom is not a quest but a response."

I loved that last sentence, "The attainment of Wisdom is not a quest but a response." These chapters reveal to us that wisdom isn't hidden. God isn't trying to make it difficult for us to gain insight. Instead, He so desires us to have understanding that He has taken the time to reveal wisdom to us in both His works and His ways. His Word reveals His heart to us. He even went so far as to make it plain in Creation. Paul wrote, "For his invisible attributes, that is, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what he has made. As a result, people are without excuse." (Romans 1:20, CSB)

God's design is not hidden. It is His desire to reveal His will to us and for us to walk in it. And so, we find ourselves at the crossroads with Wisdom. As we hear her cry out, which path will we follow? Which path will you follow?