The key word in Proverbs 8 is the word “wisdom.” Actually, it is key to all of Proverbs. What struck me as I re-read this bible passage is the fact that wisdom is personified as a woman. I thought to myself, “Why would this be in a culture that is patriarchal?”
This is not the only time in scripture where women acted wisely. Think Deborah and Esther. When I look at the whole book of Proverbs I see two book-ends. On the one end we see a wise mother (Proverbs 1:8). On the other end, there is a wise wife (Proverbs 31:10-31). All children and every husband will benefit from such influence. Such is a fit depiction of God’s kind of wisdom.
The Word in Life Study Bible suggests that the young men (wisdom’s audience in Proverbs) are “… urged to court and embrace wisdom as a man would ‘embrace’ a woman in a romantic relationship. They are to fall in love with her and make her the object of their affection, devotion and loyalty.” That is how God wants each one of us to think about wisdom. Is that your desire today?
In our pursuit of wisdom there are some basic guidelines: One, Wisdom is from above (James 3:17); two, Wisdom of God is an absolute attribute that only God possesses (Romans 16:27); and three, Wisdom is a gift from God (1 Corinthians 12:8).
As was the case in Solomon’s day, so too is it today. Wisdom cries out for all to hear. Through various ways God reveals his truth and his plans for our lives (Rom. 1:20). May we not only be quick to hear and obey the voice of “Wisdom,” may we also be purveyors of this precious product (Prov. 8:10-11).
Prayer: “Dear Lord, as I seek to follow you throughout 2020, help me to rely on your Wisdom for every area of my life.”
Foothills Alliance Seniors Pastor, husband to Linda and a Gentle Soul