In today’s reading what verses stand out to you? The last three verses summarise the stance of this book. They are reminiscent of Jesus’ words in John 6:35-40, and Revelation 3:20.
As in chapter 3, here Solomon expounds deeper into the origins and importance 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.” v22-23
God as He, three in one, created all things, had already spun wisdom into existence.
It’s a strange truth to think about, that wisdom was set up, was _made_.
But when we have a think about the act of creation, whether what we do in tiny reflective ways, or what God did in all of creation – We can see this (in tiny part).
When you create something you follow processes and work over patterns.
You create with rules that make sense.
That’s because God spun all of creation together with wisdom, by making rules that make sense.
But wisdom is more than this.
“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.” v12
We know that humans, whether they recognise God as Lord or not can reflect His creative majesty.
Wisdom is deeper and bigger than knowing what works and following those rules.
So we think back to the beginning of wisdom – The fear of the Lord.
It is not enough to understand the world around us and do things that make sense in that world.
We need to come before the One who MADE the world, fear Him, because that is the beginning of real wisdom.
Some wonderful and strong words end this chapter, let’s be encouraged and convicted by them.
“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.” v36