Men: Pursue This Lady More Than Any Other

Lady Wisdom by Melanie Rogers

“I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.” (Prov 8:17)

Here’s a challenge for men at the start of a busy work week.

  • Single guy: seek Lady Wisdom more diligently than you seek an eligible woman to marry.
  • Married guy: pursue Lady Wisdom more eagerly than you pursue your wife.

Proverbs 8 clearly establishes that this will not be wasted effort. You will not be disappointed with the outcome. Listen up.

__ Does not wisdom call?
____ Does not understanding raise her voice?
__ On the heights beside the way,
____ at the crossroads she takes her stand;
__ beside the gates in front of the town,
____ at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
__ “To you, O men, I call,
____ and my cry is to the children of man.
__ O simple ones, learn prudence;
____ O fools, learn sense.
__ Hear, for I will speak noble things,
____ and from my lips will come what is right,
__ for my mouth will utter truth;
____ wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
__ All the words of my mouth are righteous;
____ there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
__ They are all straight to him who understands,
____ and right to those who find knowledge.
__ Take my instruction instead of silver,
____ and knowledge rather than choice gold,
__ for wisdom is better than jewels,
____ and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

__ “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
____ and I find knowledge and discretion.
__ The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.
__ Pride and arrogance and the way of evil
____ and perverted speech I hate.
__ I have counsel and sound wisdom;
____ I have insight; I have strength.
__ By me kings reign,
____ and rulers decree what is just;
__ by me princes rule,
____ and nobles, all who govern justly.
__ I love those who love me,
____ and those who seek me diligently find me.
__ Riches and honor are with me,
____ enduring wealth and righteousness.
__ My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,
____ and my yield than choice silver.
__ I walk in the way of righteousness,
____ in the paths of justice,
__ granting an inheritance to those who love me,
____ and filling their treasuries.

__ “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work,
____ the first of his acts of old.
__ Ages ago I was set up,
____ at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
__ When there were no depths I was brought forth,
____ when there were no springs abounding with water.
__ Before the mountains had been shaped,
____ before the hills, I was brought forth,
__ before he had made the earth with its fields,
____ or the first of the dust of the world.
__ When he established the heavens, I was there;
____ when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
__ when he made firm the skies above,
____ when he established the fountains of the deep,
__ when he assigned to the sea its limit,
____ so that the waters might not transgress his command,
__ when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
____ then I was beside him, like a master workman,
__ and I was daily his delight,
____ rejoicing before him always,
__ rejoicing in his inhabited world
____ and delighting in the children of man.

__ “And now, O sons, listen to me:
____ blessed are those who keep my ways.
__ Hear instruction and be wise,
____ and do not neglect it.
__ Blessed is the one who listens to me,
____ watching daily at my gates,
____ waiting beside my doors.
__ For whoever finds me finds life
____ and obtains favor from the Lord,
__ but he who fails to find me injures himself;
____ all who hate me love death.” (Prov 8:1-36)

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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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