Proverbs 8:22-36

In Proverbs 8:22-36 Solomon reminds us of the power of wisdom. “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.” God used wisdom in making something out of nothing.  Wisdom was the tool for creation. “When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth, before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world.” Solomon considered and lists many different aspects of creation and how God used wisdom to design and arrange them all.

When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master workman”.  The created world is so marked by God’s wise and good design and arrangement that wisdom rejoiced in it. Wisdom was particularly happy with God’s creation of man….“and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.”

It’s one thing to see the impact of God’s wisdom in creation, but Solomon is clear that it isn’t automatically ours. “And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways.”  Wisdom has proven throughout history that it blesses those that follow it.  So we need to seek and listen, and not push it aside. “Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.” The pursuit of wisdom is intentional, not accidental.  We need to pursue it continually, and be willing to work at it constantly.  It isn’t ever done.  It is an ongoing pursuit. “Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.”

But is it worth it?  Solomon makes a pretty strong case that it absolutely is. “For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.” Wisdom presents two incomparable gifts, life and favor from the LORD. Solomon makes it clear that it is worth seeking wisdom continually. To love true wisdom is to receive these two amazing outcomes but to reject wisdom is to hurt oneself and to love death.  There is a stark contrast between the two.  Of course, just gaining wisdom is not the end of wisdom, but the beginning. Living a life in obedience to the wisdom God gives us is what has to happen to receive His blessing and favor.  But we can’t live that way if we don’t seek and find wisdom first.

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