I heard Job’s voice echoing through today’s readings in Proverbs:
The question is answered:
God’s wisdom is something I long for for everyday, but like the fool in Proverbs 7, I can be easily distracted and before I know it, I am off chasing mental rabbits. The prostitute on the corner is a good metaphor for what tempts. She offers immediate gratification and distracts from the emptiness all of us feel at one time or another. She steals true love, real life from us. Finding God’s wisdom is painstaking work; we have to dig deep, be honest and see our own frailties and brokenness in the process to receive what He has for us.
Too often, my temptress is busyness. If I pack my schedule tight, if I say yes to one more commitment, I get this short lived sense of self importance. I amazed at my ability to multitask until I find myself depleted and burned out. Distractions can be cheap and easy, but only temporarily. God wants so much more for us. Jesus came that we would have abundant life, not nail biting, stressed out life. I think of Jesus’s tender words to Martha:
The author of Proverbs 8 encourages a life of LISTENING to the voice of wisdom (note to self: less talking):
“Now my sons, LISTEN to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. LISTEN to my instructions and be wise; do not ignore it. Blessed is the man who LISTENS to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me, finds life and receives favor from the Lord.” Proverbs 8:32-35.
Paul knew that the young church at Corinth had issues with listening to God and one another and instructed them to slow down and take care when meeting together. I wonder if they turned red with embarrassment or were able to laugh at themselves as they read Paul’s words:
Lord, your word certainly didn’t begin with me. Forgive me when I act like anything, anyone other than you will satisfy the longings of my heart. Quiet my soul and help me to be still long enough to listen to you and follow your ways. Amen.