Friday, May 13, 2016

Wisdom Cries Aloud

A Blue Letter Life Wisdom

Wisdom Cries Aloud

Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you. Proverbs 1:20‭, ‬23 ESV

It may appear that at times making the right choices is difficult.  Nevertheless, wisdom is crying out to those that will listen.  She speaks from the streets of everyday life and from the spirit within the heart.  You will find her in the Word of God.  She will be found by those that diligently seek her.

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Power Quotes:

"Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom." --Charles Spurgeon

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. -James 1:5

"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk." --Doug Larson

"Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply." --Stephen R. Covey

Illustration:

There's a story about a proud young man who came to Socrates asking for knowledge. He walked up to the muscular philosopher and said, "O great Socrates, I come to you for knowledge."

Socrates recognized a pompous numbskull when he saw one. He led the young man through the streets, to the sea, and chest deep into water. Then he asked, "What do you want?" 

"Knowledge, O wise Socrates," said the young man with a smile. 
Socrates put his strong hands on the man's shoulders and pushed him under. Thirty seconds later Socrates let him up. "What do you want?" he asked again. 

"Wisdom," the young man sputtered, "O great and wise Socrates." 

Socrates crunched him under again. Thirty seconds passed, thirty-five. Forty. Socrates let him up. The man was gasping. "What do you want, young man?" 

Between heavy, heaving breaths the fellow wheezed, "Knowledge, O wise and wonderful..." 

Socrates jammed him under again Forty seconds passed. Fifty. "What do you want?" 

"Air!" the young man screeched. "I need air!"

 "When you want knowledge as you have just wanted air, then you will have knowledge." 

Source: M. Littleton, Moody Monthly, June 1989, p. 29. as found on Sermon Illustrations.

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