Meditate at Eight: The Way of Wisdom
This morning we continue in Prov. 30 with the words of Agur. After a verse reminding his readers to honor their parents (don't publicly mock or scorn them), Agur continues:
Three things are too wonderful for me; four I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a girl. This is the way of an adulteress: she eats, and wipes her mouth, and says, “I have done no wrong.” (Prov. 30:18-20)
Why does Agur find three things "too wonderful" and four things (one more thing added to the three) not to be understood? (To me it reminds me of one of those standardized test questions: Which of these is not like the others? I always hated those questions!) If we look at vv. 18-19, there is a basic point: there is much in this wonderful world God created that is beyond full human comprehension. That was true in Agur's day and it is true for us today. The world is full of mystery including something as basic as the relationship between a man and a woman (or any relationship based in love). Then comes the warning in v. 20. On its face it's a warning against adultery, but in truth it can apply to anything we do contrary to God's will where it becomes a regular part of our life - at some point, we become nonchalant, convince ourselves it doesn't matter, and even convince ourselves we have done no wrong.
Meditation: Today I encourage you to look around for just a few minutes and find some wonder of your own in the world. Maybe it will be in a bird flying. For me, as I type this, my two dogs are staring at me knowing that when I am done typing they will get some (more) attention. Sometimes they get a little pushy about it, but they are used to this routine in the morning. What a wonderful world!