One of my granddaughters, was on a boat this summer in the middle of the Hudson when she sent me a message with a picture. She was on her way to make a personal visit to Lady Liberty. This Bartholdi sculpture has welcomed thousands of immigrants to the U.S. since it was given as a gift from France in 1886. She represents Libertas, the Roman goddess, and the broken chains at her feet and the tablets inscribed with the words, “Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776” declare the hope our country has given to millions. In Old Israel they didn’t have the Statue of Liberty. Instead, their wisdom teachers challenged young people to look at Lady Wisdom and listen to her cry. She wanted their eyes, their ears, and their hearts.
“Lady Wisdom cries out in the streets, in public squares, she lifts up her voice. At the bustling crossroads she calls, at the opening of the gates of the city she makes her proclamation.” - Proverbs 1:20-21
Dr. Waltke, my lead doctoral professor, read these words while teaching us Proverbs and decided to take a teaching position in a secular university instead of remaining in the cloistered walls of an evangelical seminary. His example led me to jump at the chance to teach part time at Navarro College, a secular school, while I was still pastoring. Why? Because God’s skillful blueprint for living needs to be proclaimed in the market place. We can’t preach only to the safe audiences in our churches.
LORD, I pray for my own children who today are serving You in counseling, teaching at a university and in a high school, and in the high tech world of program development. Help them to keep listening to Lady Wisdom and help us all to lift up our voice this week and proclaim Jesus, the ultimate Wisdom, in the public squares.
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