Proverbs 3:15-19

In Proverbs 3:15-19 Solomon reminds us that wisdom and understanding are the most precious things we can ever have.  “She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her”. Wisdom is greater than all kinds of riches – silver, fine gold, or rubies. To have the wisdom that comes from God’s loving correction is to have something better than material wealth. Solomon was one of the wealthiest men of that time through inheritance from his father, and his own business dealings.  So he knew wealth, but knew even more the blessing of a close relationship with God and the fact that a wise and godly character were worth far more than material things.

Wisdom brings many benefits. “Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace”. Wise people live longer, enjoy great prosperity (riches) and esteem (honor). They live lives marked by pleasantness, peace, and happiness.  Learning wisdom may come with some correction and discipline, but the outcome makes it worth it.  Solomon goes on to tell us “She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed”.  Wisdom is life giving when we grab onto it.  And the outcome of our endurance in staying connected to wisdom is blessing.

Solomon refers to creation as a window into the wisdom of God.  “The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew”.  It was not some haphazard big bang.  In His work of creation, God showed great wisdom. This is remarkably seen in both the large features and small details of creation. The universe around us has the marks of a brilliant Designer whose design shows His wisdom.  God reveals Himself through His creation.  He created a world of harmony with His wisdom.

Poole talks about one aspect of God’s creation and the order that was required to make it happen:

  • The universe has a just-right gravitational force. If it were larger, the stars would be too hot and would burn up too quickly and too unevenly to support life. If it was smaller, the stars would remain so cool, nuclear fusion would never ignite, and there would be no heat and light.
  • The universe has a just-right speed of light. If it were larger, stars would send out too much light. If it were smaller, stars would not send out enough light.
  • The universe has a just-right average distance between the stars. If it were larger, the heavy element density would be too thin for rocky planets to form, and there would only be gaseous planets. If it were smaller, planetary orbits would become destabilized because of the gravitational pull from other stars.

Solomon also makes reference to Noah and the flood when he wrote about the deeps breaking open.  God knew a judgment was needed, and He knew exactly how to make it happen.  God does not only grant wisdom, and build wisdom, He is wisdom and His creation puts an exclamation point on that truth.

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