Today Lord, I want to give, tell, and live Your gift through me to the world. Help me to do so.
Read PROVERBS 8:1-21
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
Before reading today’s passage, think about the cross and what it means. Thank God for how that meaning is being worked out in your life.
Today the “praise of wisdom, which has welled up already in Proverbs, now breaks out in a sustained appeal of great beauty and immense range” (Derek Kidner). What is referred to here, however, is much more than an abstract way of seeing and engaging with the world. It points to the personification of wisdom, namely Jesus Christ himself (1 Cor. 1:24,30). Over the past two weeks, we’ve listened to Jesus and watched him act and there is much that ought to resonate with us. For instance, just as Jesus enters the workplace (Luke 5:4-7), so, too, is the wisdom of God as relevant there (2,3) as it is in heaven (22). And just as Jesus responds with love to those who seek him out, so wisdom does the same (17).
Compare this wonderful description of the nature and benefits of wisdom with what you know about Jesus. Wisdom is announced with a calling out and raising of the voice, reminiscent of John the Baptist’s preparation of the way for the Messiah, Jesus (Luke 3:4). When Jesus dealt with Satan’s temptations in the wilderness, he demonstrated the qualities of wisdom described in vs. 12-14. Jesus’ message is for all humankind and not for the Jews alone, as is wisdom’s (4). His concern for justice announced in his inaugural speech is shared by wisdom, too (8,15,20).
At the heart of this passage is an invitation to make a choice. We either rely on wisdom’s instruction and godly knowledge to make our way in the world, or upon money and material things (10,11,19). We make this choice daily in small things as well as large. Will we choose to live “the Jesus way,” dependent upon him who is wisdom personified?
Talk and pray with a friend about ways in which you might help each other grow in godly wisdom. What practical steps can you take to support one another in this?
Father, often I allow the world to squeeze me into its mold. Forgive me that I too readily conform to the world.