Wisdom famine

Sunday, August 20

Proverbs 9:1-6; Ephesians 5:15-20

In this information age, a steady stream of input is bombarding us. Like water from a fire hose, information overwhelms and numbs us. But are we any wiser? Are we any closer to God, or to God’s design or intentions for life? Are we humbler? Are we learning anything about the way life really works? I fear the subtitle of a book by C. John Sommerville sums up our situation: The Dearth of Wisdom in an Information Society. As one observer notes, we are in a “wisdom famine.”

Who wants to be wise anymore? People want to be right, rich, popular and in control. But wise?

In sharp contrast, the Proverbs passage pictures a wisdom feast. In this allegory full of poetic images, wisdom is personified as a woman—a kind of hostess with the mostest. She’s prepared a lavish feast and sent out formal invitations. “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.” All that you need to do is RSVP. Just show up! Come on in, sit down and feast on wisdom!

 

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