20 Wisdom shouts in the streets.
She cries out in the public square.
21 She calls to the crowds along the main street,
to those gathered in front of the city gate:
22 “How long, you simpletons,
will you insist on being simpleminded?
How long will you mockers relish your mocking?
How long will you fools hate knowledge?
23 Come and listen to my counsel.
I’ll share my heart with you
and make you wise.”
Proverbs 1:20-23 (NLT)
Here we see wisdom described as a woman who is shouting out in the streets. She is begging people to stop being foolish. It is almost as if some people choose ignorance over wisdom and realize that they are doing so. When they are called out on it they seem to take delight in the fact that they are being ignorant. They cannot seem to get enough of it. They relish playing the fool. For some people it seems like the more attention they get, the more foolish they act.
Why do people act that way? Have you ever heard someone say or do something so ignorant that you know they had know beforehand? I have probably done some pretty stupid things in the past and was fully aware that they were stupid before I ever decided to do them. Verse twenty-two says that fools hate knowledge. Why do you think that is? Have you ever held on to a false idea so tightly that you absolutely refused to acknowledge the truth even when it was evident?
The sad thing is that in many cases, the truth is right there for everyone to see. It is not hidden. It is not hard to decipher. Wisdom is standing out in the open for everyone to see. She is screaming at the top of her lungs, “Look at me! Listen to me!” She asks, “How long?” I think that many of us can relate to that when we see some of the things going on around us. The answer seems so clear yet people refuse to see. I can only wonder how God must feel when we all do the same.
Grace and peace.