HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
A Daily Dose of Good News
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
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Good Morning! It’s April 28th. It’s nice to see you and be here with you. Vicar Sara for our Daily Dose of Good News from Proverbs 8:32-9:6.
32“And now, my children, listen to me:
happy are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
34 Happy is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life
and obtains favor from the Lord;
36 but those who miss me injure themselves;
all who hate me love death.”
1 Wisdom has built her house,
she has hewn her seven pillars.
2 She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine,
she has also set her table.
3 She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls
from the highest places in the town,
4 “You that are simple, turn in here!”
To those without sense she says,
5 “Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6 Lay aside immaturity, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”
Here ends the reading.
Proverbs was written by King Solomon, who specifically asked God for the gift of wisdom. And wisdom being displayed is often evidence of the gift of God in Biblical passages. The wisdom that we are encouraged to seek here, is very intentionally sought. There is “waiting” and “watching” and a sense of being ready and prepared. So, it’s not simply being prepared, and that’s all. There’s a component of openness in this text. Hence, the “waiting” and the “watching” for how things might change or evolve. So, wisdom is both- it appears, in this text. That is Godly wisdom, having some degree of a plan, not simply flying by the seat of your pants. Although, being willing to do that- if that’s what God calls you to do. But a combination of both, rather than either extreme. And, in this passage, again, we’re called children of God. I thought it was interesting, as a mother myself, that I don’t often tell my children, that if they don’t listen to me, they’re just injuring themselves. But it’s a great example of how God cares for us and wants good things for us. God doesn’t want us to be hurt, or to be in pain. God recognizes that if we’re not open to wisdom, we’re not willing to be teachable, that we are going to injure ourselves. So, it’s not about thinking we know it all and running ahead of others, and it’s not about different ways we don’t learn from our mistakes or errors. God wants us to live intentionally and openly at the same time. So, yesterday, in our Daily Dose of Good News, I encouraged you all to go and spend some time reflecting near a tree. So, today, another field trip! This one you can do wherever you’re living. Think of a door that you may go and wait at, or a gate that you can watch at. But I figured we all had doors, that would be easy. So, think about a door and move toward that. (I’ve got a door behind me). And think about what God might be calling you to do, to learn, to be taught. How might God be encouraging you to step through that threshold into a new experience? Also, in what ways are you prepared for that? There may be some intentionality and a plan behind that. That it may seem like a continuation as we “walk in the way of insight” with God, who loves us so much and who doesn’t want us to injure ourselves. So, in my walking, I thought I would walk into my dining room. And look! The table is set, just like in the passage with the woman who sets the table and demonstrates preparedness. I don’t often demonstrate preparedness. Sometimes I do, but God may be calling me to step through some new doorways in that. I’m curious as to what God might be calling you to do. So, please enjoy a doorway or a gate today, and think about how God may be calling you to be more intentional and more open to whatever God has for you. Have a great day everybody! Bye-bye!