Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Hiding in plain sight

[W]hy is it so difficult to find wisdom, when she is so close and visible; and why cannot one consider him- or herself wise when finding wisdom is not only possible but the aim of the whole enterprise? In fact, Proverbs does provide explanation for how one can miss Lady Wisdom even when she is clearly visible. Possible causes for failure are the tempting presence of Lady Folly (Proverbs 9) or the alluring prospect of gaining riches through unwise means (Prov 1:11-14). However, there is a further difficulty which is especially relevant for our questions: pride and unwillingness to listen to advice and instruction prevent people from becoming wise.—Toward an Interpretation of the Book of Proverbs, page 235

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That does indeed seem to be the main problem. We don't want to appear stupid or ignorant, so we don't ask questions if we don't understand. Or, when someone offers advice, we assume we know better...pride. No, better PRIDE writ large. May God deliver us that we may become truly wise!
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