Wisdom cries aloud in the street,
in the markets she raises her voice;
at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
– Proverbs 1:20-21
Do you ever wonder how the universe works? Because it does. It works. Scientists have been discovering laws built into the very fabric of our physical world for years. Gravity pulls. Planets orbit. Objects at rest stay at rest. The list goes on. But our investigation of reality doesn’t stop at scientific discovery. The ancient Hebrew book of Proverbs claims wisdom is wired into the very fabric of our universe, too. Proverbs says wisdom is so obvious, it’s like a woman screaming in the streets, no one can escape the sound of her voice.
Just notice where wisdom-personified is crying out. She’s in the marketplace, in the streets, and at the gates. She speaks into these common places. This means wisdom has something to say about going to the grocery store, walking around your neighborhood, and how you conduct life at the office. You’ll also notice wisdom is not described as some highfalutin woman with obscure ideas about how the world works. She broadcasts common sense with passion hoping the world will hear and live according to it.
This summer, we’ll journey together in the book of Proverbs. By learning wisdom and living according to it, we can align with the way we’re created. Perhaps that’s common sense to you, but perhaps you’re still struggling to see it. Either way, as we observe wisdom, it’s different from smarts. It’s knowing the art of how to live, anchored and grounded for whatever the world may throw at us. Spend some time on this first day in the book of Proverbs reading chapter 1. Consider how wisdom is wired into the very fabric of your universe.
By Yvonne Biel