“I am Lady Wisdom, and I live
next to Sanity;
Knowledge and Discretion live just down the street.
The Fear-of-God means hating Evil,
whose ways I hate with a passion—
pride and arrogance and crooked talk.
Good counsel and common sense are my characteristics;
I am both Insight and the Virtue to live it out.
With my help, leaders rule,
and lawmakers legislate fairly;
With my help, governors govern,
along with all in legitimate authority.
I love those who love me;
those who look for me find me. (Proverbs 8:12-17 The Message)
A Word of Hope
“Wisdom, Sanity, Knowledge and Discretion”
The Message translation/interpretation of the Hebrew Bible has some fun with The Book of Proverbs. Lady Wisdom, Sanity, Knowledge and Discretion all live on the same street! And so it should be.
The Bible, a collection of writings by various hands and minds spanning millennia, was intended to be read with discerning Wisdom and the best of human Sanity. These are vital in order to distinguish poetry, metaphor, story, history, prophecy, genealogy, contextual meaning, pithy sayings, the experiences of Paul, and the words of the Word—Jesus.
When we seek God, the Divine can be found. The Holy may be shrouded in mystery, but it need not stay shrouded always. It is not God’s intent to be hidden from those loving seekers who desire to know what is sacred for holy human purposes. Jesus showed us that.
Loathe what is evil; seek what is good. Love others; seek justice; and choose to walk humbly the path of the God whom Jesus revealed.
May both the dignified and the efficient be united in our discipleship as we seek to know Divine love and to live it out for others to receive. In the name of Holy Grace. Amen.
Rev. Dr. Gary Kindley