Wisdom's Final Call

Proverbs 1:20

Adrian Rogers

Sermon Overview

Scripture Passage: Proverbs 1:20

Adrian Rogers says, “The voice of wisdom is the voice of God; when wisdom speaks, God speaks.”

Wisdom is perhaps the most important virtue, and there is a deadline to obtain it. One of these days, God will issue His final call for wisdom, as seen in Proverbs 1:20-33.

This passage reveals the invitation of wisdom.

“Wisdom calls aloud outside; she raises her voice in the open squares… ‘How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge…’” (Proverbs 1:20-22).

The call to wisdom is a public invitation available to anyone who would seek it. It is a pressing matter, yet it is also a patient invitation; though many will continue in their folly, Wisdom continues to call people unto herself.

This passage explains the indoctrination of wisdom.

“Turn at my rebuke; surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you’” (Proverbs 1:23).

We can diligently memorize the facts, dates, and events in Scripture, but we’ll never understand its wisdom until we repent of our folly.

Adrian Rogers says, “The only way you’re going to know the truth of God’s Word is for the Holy Spirit to turn the light on in your sin-darkened soul.” Once a sinner repents, the Spirit will reveal the wisdom of Scripture and affirm its reliability in his heart.

Finally, this passage conveys the indignation of wisdom.

“They would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke. Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies” (Proverbs 1:30-31).

When the call to wisdom is rejected time and time again, the invitation will eventually turn to indignation. This derision will lead to desolation; no longer will God’s voice be heard, no longer will His hand be outstretched. This will lead to sure destruction. There is coming a time when lost sinners will stand before the judgment of God, asking for mercy.

Today is the day of mercy; wisdom stretches her hands, lifts up her voice, offers herself to us. May we repent of our foolish ways before it is too late.

Apply it to your life

Have you accepted the invitation of wisdom? Today is the day to repent of your ways and be filled with the Spirit of God.