Proverbs 8 – Wisdom in the Open


1 Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 At the highest point along the way,
where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 beside the gate leading into the city,
at the entrance, she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O people, I call out;
I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 You who are simple, gain prudence;
you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.
6 Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true,
for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are just;
none of them is crooked or perverse.

Proverbs 8:1-8 NIV

So the last couple chapters have had themes of wayward and destructive relationships. There was a seductress beaconing a simple man yesterday. In a similar way, Wisdom pursues the simple, drawing them into deep relationship with her. However, She is not in some back alley place, but on the “highest point along the way.”

Out in the open, if only one would hear her voice. Her “mouth speaks what is true.” Her words are just, not twisted. Wisdom doesn’t need to connive anybody. Doesn’t need wicked or perverse ways to persuade.

Now here’s my question to you: who are you listening to? Lies that sounds like the truth (maybe what you’d like to hear) or Truth right out in the open, that may hurt or be awkward…but yet it is Wisdom?

Think about it and consider leaving a comment.

Don’t Labor…in vain


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Labor Day Sunday – Message

Seeing as today is Labor day, I thought it would be good to stop and recognize why we even have this day on the calendar anyway. I mean, don’t you wonder why? I mean there are so many days declared by Congress and the Office of the President over the years, but do we even know what they are about or why we have them?

Perhaps you are a history buff and this is old news to you, but Labor day is a day set aside to highlight and honor the laborers in the United States. 

It was recognized by individual states, starting with Oregon. The majority of the remaining states officially went on to celebrate Labor Day. In 1894, congress passed the bill and President Grover Cleveland signed it into law. The first Monday of September was to be set aside as “Labor Day.” 

The law, unfortunately, only gave federal workers the day off. But all the states and districts  expanded it to all workers. I’ll tell you, It’s really hard to want to take that Monday off for me. It’s a day that if a worker decides or has to work – they usually get time and half. But I don’t have to worry about that as Monday is my day off at the grocery store I work at, anyhow.

But I can tell you, the work of people is important to a successful economy. And a thriving economy is one that people want to live in and want to move to. And for the contribution of those who have labored and continue to labor to keep our economy and our communities rolling, we celebrate and recognize them. 

You might be thinking, “That’s all well and good, but how does the scripture tie into this holiday?” Well perhaps it’s “low-hanging fruit” to focus on scriptures that use the word “labor,” but I think we can still learn what God says about the work of our hands.

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