34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
Watching and Waiting
It has been discussed abundantly over these eight chapters that a man who listens to wisdom is blessed (and smart!).
A person does not hear wisdom by running around and doing dangerous and stupid things. It can happen, but it is rare.
No, a person hears wisdom, because he or she is waiting for wisdom, seeking it out.
A person’s behavior can often be a good indication of their spiritual status. Those who live a wild life of partying or take unnecessary risks or are unloving toward people or never go to church (other than medical or persecution reasons) demonstrate that they are not really on God’s team.
It is not a prayer that saves you, it is the gift of faith in the work of Jesus Christ through the Cross. Our lifestyle may be the indicator.
If our lifestyle is not one of purity, chastity, and righteousness, we may be showing that our souls are not prepared for eternity.
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Sometimes the Christian life does not seem all that glamorous. Sometimes it can seem like God is not moving fast enough if at all.
But if we wait and watch, we get a hold of something greater than we can ever know!
Father, give us eyes that see and ears that hear to know when you have spoken and are moving. Give us the strength to endure and the peace to wait for You and Your wisdom.