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Divine Law Implanted In The Human Conscience
‘She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. Proverbs 8:3’
A woman wants you. A fabulous woman! She wants to help you. She cries for you today. She is easy to find; she is right before you. You cannot miss her. She offers you wisdom and an understanding heart; she will tell you excellent and right things (Pr 8:1-6).
You are incredibly blessed today. Greetings! Lady Wisdom introduced herself as you read this proverb. She offers you pure truth, instruction, knowledge, and wisdom, which are better than silver, gold, rubies, and all the things you might ever desire (Pr 8:7-11).
She cries for your attention. If you two do not become close friends and companions, she will not lose – you will lose. You were born foolish and ignorant, and you will stay that way; she wants to save you from a dysfunctional and painful life and eternity.
Do not resent this proverb. Are the words boring and appear meaningless? God inspired each one of those words, and they are designed to discourage and offend foolish men, but wise men will rejoice that He sent Lady Wisdom to them today, and they will read on.
Solomon used various means in Proverbs to get your attention and teach you wisdom. He used threats, promises, pain, reward, short proverbs, long parables, observations, rules, illustrations, analogies, comparisons, social phenomena, lessons from animals, his father’s advice, the teachings of Agur, and even a letter from a royal mother to her son.
Here he used personification – the literary tool of representing an abstract thing by a person – to present wisdom to you as a noble and wonderful woman, Lady Wisdom. She introduced herself and appealed to you to hear her (Pr 8:1-10); she described her benefits for you (Pr 8:11-21); she described how God used her in creating the universe (Pr 8:22-31); and she concluded by begging you to receive her or die unnecessarily (Pr 8:32-36).
You are blessed today. The Creator God has sent a written offer for you to share in His knowledge, truth, understanding, and wisdom. Here is eternal truth and wisdom!
Lady Wisdom is before you. She wants you to see her. She cries for your attention at the city entrance, where you travel every day. She pleads to help you (Pr 8:1-5). She offers excellent and right things – the only such things you will find in this foolish, blinded world (Pr 8:6). Her every word is truth and righteousness (Pr 8:7-8). Her instruction is easy to learn (Pr 8:9), and it is better than wealth and anything else desirable (Pr 8:10-11).
Nature plainly teaches truth in every language to all people (Ps 19:1-6). But man has rejected the Creator for his own hallucination. From total ignorance at birth, man rushes downward to the institutionalized insanity of evolution. So God judges them hard (Rom 1:18-32)!
The Creator God also testifies of His existence and goodness by the providential blessings He sends – especially sunshine, rain, fruitful seasons, food, and gladness (Matt 5:45; Acts 14:17). Every pleasure you have enjoyed that can be traced back to sunshine and rain is by His merciful provision. When you eat a good meal or enjoy other pleasures He has created, know that He rightfully expects your thankfulness and obedience.
He has also implanted His divine law in the consciences of men, so even if they have not read the Bible to know God’s revealed will, they still know His moral law in major issues (Rom 2:12-16). This is the reason most cultures and nations have longstanding and similar laws regarding lying, stealing, murder, marriage, child training, and so forth.
God sent much more truth by the Bible about Himself, man’s origin and future, and how to prosper in life and eternity (Ps 19:7-11; II Tim 3:16-17). God sent His pastors to teach you His words and their right sense (Eph 4:11-14).
Most men reject Lady Wisdom, whom they meet in creation, providence, conscience, Scripture, and by His preachers. Do you tremble and rejoice at creation, knowing it is the handiwork of a Creator with eternal power and Godhead? Do you love and study the precious and true words of God in the Bible? Do you attend and support a church faithfully where a sober man preaches God’s words without compromise? You should.
You are blessed today. Lady Wisdom met you at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. Love her; she will bless you in time and eternity with incredible advantages and blessings (Pr 8:17-21). Reject her; she will mock as your life implodes on you. The choice is yours; the consequences are God’s. He has promised. If you neglect her offer of truth, she will laugh at your cries when your calamities come (Pr 1:20-33).
Is the proverb too boring? Its commentary too simple? You are not moved to repent of your foolishness and sinfulness, thank God for Lady Wisdom, and ask Him to show you His truth? It is better to be broken by repentance than to be ground to powder due to rebellion. Jesus Christ said about Himself, “And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder” (Matt 21:44).
What happens if you reject God’s offer of truth? What happens if you walk away from Lady Wisdom? “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (II Thess 2:10-12).