Proverbs in 365 Devotions

May 7

Proverbs 8:35 For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD, 36 but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.”

The Town That Loved Death

Robin Aylor

Proverbs 8 is an amazing chapter on Wisdom. We get to learn “her” character and attributes how she was there in the beginning at Creation, where she lives and who she lives with and the streets where she takes her walks. We also find her calling out at the town gates, crossroads and portals of the city.

Is it possible that a stranger might come to Wisdom’s township looking for her; even asking about her as they enter the city? “Good morning, I’m looking for Wisdom; do you know her? Can you tell me where I might find her?”

The truth is that many who were born and raised in Wisdom’s home town don’t even know her. They have no ideal what she looks like or where she lives. Oh, they’ve seen her from a distance; they’ve even even gotten closer and heard her calling out as they walk down the same streets where ladies of the night work… but they cover their faces, they don’t make eye contact and they’ve never actually listened to her. You see, many of these town folk would rather be seen with the call girls than with Wisdom. And she’s a novelty around town; the subject of much jeering and many jokes. But, like I said most people could not point her out in a line-up and surely could not direct the stranger to her door.

So do you think its’ possible that someone searches for Wisdom with all their heart maybe for days… months or their whole life long and never finds her?

The truth is; if you… a stranger to Wisdom, come looking for her… you won’t need to journey to a far off place… she will come to you… In fact she’s calling right now. Listen… Can you hear her even now? If you truly seek Wisdom you will turn to find her right there at your side.

In Matthew 7:7 Jesus said: “seek, and you will find”.
And Romans 10 tells us that for one who seeks God in faith, God is very near! Listen to the words of Paul:

Romans 10:6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

It’s really sad how much of the township hates Wisdom. The text says how they love death instead of wisdom. They wanted no fellowship with Wisdom and avoided her at all costs.

I think here Wisdom is a symbol for Spiritual life in the Lord. The townsfolk loved Spiritual death and hated the Spiritual life Wisdom offered. But when we hear Wisdom calling us we are to be like Nicodemus… He went to Jesus. Jesus told him and he tells us we must be born again Spiritually. We must look to Jesus in faith and come into the true wisdom of Gods fellowship and true life. Not to do so is to love death.

John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,