The Wisdom of Christ – Proverbs 8

King Solomon recorded many valuable spiritual thoughts and concepts in the thirty-one chapters of the book of Proverbs.  As wisdom was his primary divine gift, there is much to be gained from reading and meditating upon each chapter.

Proverbs Eight is focused on the eternal nature of wisdom.  It personifies wisdom as having been living with God from the beginning of time.  Its wording leads many biblical scholars to interpret it as having a dual meaning, referring not only to wisdom but to the eternal presence of Jesus Christ Himself.

22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, before His works of old. 23 I have been established from everlasting, from the beginning, before there was ever an earth…30 Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; And I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him, 31 rejoicing in His inhabited world, and my delight was with the sons of men.  Proverbs 8:22-23,30-31 NKJV

John 1:1-3 tells us that the Word, Christ, was with the Father from the beginning and that all things were made through Him and for Him.  The parallels between this and Proverbs 8 are striking.

The master craftsman of Wisdom has put His divine stamp upon all creation, one that is apparent from the smallest plant or aquatic life to the cutest puppy or kitten, to the soaring eagle or the miraculous birth of a child.  When we take time to look at or walk around in nature, we can see a reflection of the beauty of its Creator.  Getting out and experiencing it often brings restoration and a peace to our soul.

Solomon’s Proverbs 8 also leads us to think about the eternal nature of time.  It tells us that Wisdom was present with the Father from the very beginning, even before the works of creation began.  Being firmly rooted in space and time, our minds find the concept of living outside of time difficult to envision.

Another link between Jesus and King Solomon is found in a portion of the Sermon on the Mount.  Here, Jesus gently cautioned His disciples to avoid getting caught up in a state of worry and anxiety, two harmful conditions.  To illustrate the point, He directed them to look at the beautiful lilies of the field to remind themselves of the Father’s creative abilities and His never-ending care for them.

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Matthew 6:28 NKJV

Worry seems to always be nearby for some of us.  On any given day, we can find ourselves feeling out of sorts and somewhat separated from God.  As imperfect human beings, our faith can easily get sidetracked, and we may slip into feelings of anxiety, self-centeredness, or self-pity.

Jesus reminds us that, even though we may sometimes forget Him, He and the Father will never forget us.  He will never leave us nor forsake us.  When we remember to turn back to God and His unfailing love, He will show us the way through our problems and restore to us a joy and a peace as we walk with Him. This is true wisdom of Christ.

Reflection

Taking a moment to present our worries and troubles to the care of the Lord is the best antidote to feelings of anxiety or brokenness. It is the first step in our recovery and leads to the creation or restoration of inner peace.

Solomon wrote thirty-one chapters in the Book of Proverbs, equal to the number of days in most months.  This makes it easy to take a moment and read the chapter that corresponds to today’s date.  Many have benefited from this practice.

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