Friday, April 8, 2011

April 8th – Proverbs 8: A Ballad To Lady Wisdom

This is an amazing passage of scripture, extolling the virtues of “lady wisdom”. If you have never thought of wisdom and understanding as feminine, look how many times the scriptures use the feminine to describe them! Normally when we think of wisdom and understanding, the picture of a long, gray bearded man may fill our minds. In our culture, wisdom is almost always recognized and celebrated in the masculine form.

But the ladies Wisdom and understanding, as this passage declares, were here from the very beginning:

"The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.” – Proverbs 8:22-23

Before the man (Adam) there was wisdom and understanding! It was through wisdom and understanding the world and all its creatures were made!

“I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.” – Proverbs 8:27-31

We never think about God needing a helper to create the world, but here it is, in scripture! Wisdom and understanding were there by His side, assisting in the creation of all things as the first helper. So if God, the omnipotent and omnipresent one needed the assistance of wisdom and understanding in His work, how much more do we need their help! And if we will call out to them, become friends with them and make them our family, they will help us too!

But to me, the scariest of all descriptions of wisdom is this one:

“For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.” – Proverbs 8:35

Wait a minute; if I find wisdom I receive favor from the Lord?? Sounds eerily familiar to this passage:

“He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.” – Proverbs 18:22

Creepy. Could my wife be God’s gift of lady wisdom to my life?? Hmm, wisdom and wives have MUCH in common… too much to be a coincidence.



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