Proverbs – God’s practical guide to a joyful life
Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well.
I wonder if Solomon knew what and about whom he was speaking when he penned this week’s passage. Let’s top up our coffees and I will explain…
The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be. When there were no watery depths, I was given birth, when there were no springs overflowing with water; before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, before he made the world or its fields or any of the dust of the earth. 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 constantly 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.
“Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it. Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord. But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.”
As I read today’s passage, my first thoughts were to consider it a prophecy of the Saviour of the world that was to come. But then I recalled that Solomon was speaking about God’s wisdom. But wait, could they be one in the same? Is Christ, our Lord and Saviour, the wisdom of God? As a matter of fact, he is! It is written that “Christ [is] the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:24b) Yes, everything that Solomon says about the presence of wisdom before time began is the proclamation of Christ’s presence with the Father from the beginning.
Therefore, to find wisdom, we need only to seek the one whom was born of the virgin, who healed the sick, and sacrificed himself to pay the penalty that our sins deserve and to reunite us with the Creator Father. True wisdom of the Father is found in the Son and his salvation for all mankind. In his teachings is mercy and grace, and in him is life eternal. In Jesus is the fullness of God’s wisdom for mankind.
Although it says -and holds true- in verse 36 above, that “…those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death,” we can be confident that as we seek to find wisdom and love, peace and rest for our souls, he will guide us in his truth, and we will find Jesus. In this seeking, there will be no worry of death or darkness. “For… neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39) Therefore, go in peace and confidence, and learn of Jesus in order to learn more of God’s wisdom for your life.
Prayer: Dear God, before time you were present: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Father Creator, your wisdom, through your Word, laid the foundations of the earth. Then at your command, your wisdom became flesh and dwelt among mankind. Help me to learn of your wisdom more clearly as made plain in Christ Jesus, my Saviour. In His name I pray. AMEN!