An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Who Is Watching the Gates?

(Proverbs 8:3 KJV)  She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.

I am going to give myself a tongue-lashing today.  You can either sit back and enjoy my discomfort or see if it applies to you also.

This is talking about the places where Wisdom should be found.  Notice I said “should be,” not “is.”  There is a decided lack of presence when it comes to wisdom found at our “gates” (8179).  “Gates?”  Our cities don’t have gates.  No, but theirs did and the gates where one of the places that people would congregate as they were waiting to be processed in and out.  At the gates you would find a group of the elders of the community.  If you look at the last chapter in Proverbs where it talks about the perfect wife you will find that while she is out starting businesses and planting vineyards, he is at the gates,
(Proverbs 31:23 KJV)  Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
Am I doing anything to make wisdom be known at the gates of my community?  Am I attending city council meetings?  Am I giving my two cents at school board meetings?  Am I participating in community forums?  Am I making excuses?  The answers are no, no, no, yes.

We can’t expect God’s Wisdom to be dispensed Balaam’s Ass style.  We are going to need to speak up.  By that I don’t mean read Bible verses to them.  I mean speak from the assumptions of the Bible. 

So?  I am guilty of neglect here.  I pray that God would help me become a channel for the Holy Spirit to work, not a road block.

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