"Doth not wisdom cry? And understanding put forth her voice?" (Proverbs 8:1).
Recently, on a trip from California to Colorado, we drove right through Las Vegas, Nevada on Interstate 15. The city bills itself as "The Entertainment Capital of the World." And with legalized gambling and a tolerance of adult entertainment, it has also earned the title, "Sin City." Las Vegas rises out of the Mojave Desert like a glitzy mirage after miles of rocky, dusty landscape. That is by design. The urban area, with its massive casino hotels, theaters, convention venues, eateries, and shops is breathtaking!
With guests from all over the world, one visitor is never seen, although she is always present. From the levant hotels to the posh restaurants to the Las Vegas Strip—Wisdom's voice reaches into every corner of the city (vv.2-4). Her message challenges every patron, employee, and citizen to rethink what has true and lasting worth. "Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it" (vv.10-11).
These two fight with opposite weapons (vv.6-9). It's the wisdom of truth versus the wiles of temptation. May we always heed wisdom's call over the world's seductions. After all, with wisdom you always win!
Dear Father, thank you for sending wisdom where she is most needed. Help me to heed her counsel and be rich in her wealth. In Jesus' precious name, Amen.