WISE FM: The Voice

October 31st, 2008

Focus Text: Proverbs 8: 1-4 (NLT)

 1 Listen as Wisdom calls out!
      Hear as understanding raises her voice!
 
2 On the hilltop along the road,
      she takes her stand at the crossroads.
 
3 By the gates at the entrance to the town,
      on the road leading in, she cries aloud,
 
4 “I call to you, to all of you!
      I raise my voice to all people.

 

Stop Here and Reflect Before Reading Ahead

With the advancement of today’s modern technology, many Americans no longer consider the radio to be anything special.  In my own life, I generally only listen to the radio when I’m bored with my iPod’s choices or a University of Tennessee basketball game isn’t televised.  Radio is like my back-up technology.

But historically, the radio is an amazing invention that changed the face of American culture forever.  Before MP3’s, MySpace music sites, iTunes, and American Idol, the radio was the staple method by which people listened to music.  Without the radio, artists like Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Jerry Lee Lewis might have never had the widespread popularity that they experienced.  However, radio’s influence goes much further back and much deeper than just music.

In the early Twentieth Century, radio was the chief method by which a nation united to face grim, international matters of grave importance.  Besides radio shows like Little Orphan Annie and Amos and Andy that entertained the children of an era with every bit the equivalent success as television or video games today, the radio served as the vehicle of information when a world went to war.  Although radio had been used for military purposes during the Great War (World War I) in the teens, it’s presence became a defining characteristic of a president’s efforts to comfort a nation during the Great Depression and to motivate it to action during World War II.  That president was Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

President Roosevelt ingeniously used the radio as a tool to broadcast messages of hope, information, and patriotism to the entire country through his addresses known as Fireside Chats.  These Fireside Chats made Americans feel that their Commander-in-Chief remembered their value.  It made them feel that he was in their living rooms and that their efforts made a difference in the epic international conflict they were facing. Without the radio, which almost every American rich and poor could afford, many citizens would have remained uninformed and possibly dangerously ill-equipped to do their part at home and abroad.

What’s so interesting about radio broadcasting is that radio waves are constantly streamed to almost every populated area.  The transmission is only heard if someone chooses to turn on their receiver . . . their personal radio.  At this very moment, radio waves are being transmitted right here into my living room.  I can’t hear them.  I can’t see them; but they are here.  With the flip of a switch on any simple radio, the room would be flooded with whatever the local stations are broadcasting at this moment.  My lack of hearing is only the result of my lack of turning on a radio.  

This passage leads us into another discourse about the nature of wisdom.  Notice the capital “W” that is used to personify wisdom.  Solomon’s purpose is to give wisdom a voice and to help his son understand that the voice of wisdom is speaking.  She’s not just speaking in corners or in subtle tones either.  As these verses reveal, “On the hilltop along the road, she takes her stand at the crossroads.  By the gates at the entrance to the town, on the road leading in, she cries aloud . . . “

It would appear that wisdom isn’t a whisperer at all.  She isn’t trying to hide her message, though by the actions of many people, you wouldn’t know it.  It would seem that humanity is perpetually searching for the mysterious keys that will unlock happiness, wealth, and fulfillment in their lives.  Phrases like “the secret to happiness” and “keys to success” are plastered across websites, book jackets, infomercials, and church marquees.  To most of mankind, the secrets of life are just that . . . secrets.

But this passage would seem to disagree.  Solomon claims that wisdom is screaming at us; and not just certain people, but “to all people.”  Wow!  Kind of narrows the search a bit, doesn’t it?  If this scripture is true, then what’s the big mystery?  Why is it that we just can’t seem to make sound decisions or stumble upon the path of significance?  If she’s yelling, why aren’t we hearing her?

The answer simple.  Simple, but not easy.  Wisdom is broadcasting her message to everyone, but only a few have turned on their radios to hear what she is saying.  Instead, we crank up as many distractions as possible. We scurry about busily with little rest and even less peace.  When we do slow down physically, our brains can’t follow suit.  We’re doing all the things that we think we’re supposed to do, but we just can’t seem to get it right.

Be encouraged by the news that there is a “wisdom broadcast” straight from the Creator right into your living room.  All we have to do is turn off the distractions and turn on our “receivers”.  This involves changing our personal frequencies to match His.  We cannot receive the truths of God on our terms; we must align ourselves with His desires.  Like the Commander-in-Chief’s Fireside Chats, we must take our place as citizens of a higher kingdom and find our comfort, direction, and purpose from the wise voice of a King who wants us to hear Him.  That’s right . . . He wants us to hear Him!  It’s our personal choice to tune in to what He’s saying.

The wisdom of God is as abundant as the millions of unheard radio waves that surround us at this moment. I don’t know about you, but I want to be a listener.

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~ by johndriver on October 31, 2008.

One Response to “WISE FM: The Voice”

  1. we just finished talking about FDR and his fireside chats at school! hah but wow, this is something ive needed to hear about. i ask God for so many things and just expect the answers to show up. i put so many distractions in my life that easily get in the way of my walk with God. i do want to be a good listener, but that means i must actually try. i have to turn off the distractions and hear what God has to say to me. i think about this all the time, but never put it into effect. only I can change that!

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