Proverbs 8: 22-31, “The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, or the fields, or the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
As I read through these passages today, I couldn’t help but recognize the attributes of Christ portrayed in Wisdom. This passage 8:22-31 is actually a hymn describing wisdom’s role in creation and it is being personified, just as it is in Proverbs 1:20-33; 3:15-18 and 9:1-12.
Today, let’s look at some of the comparisons:
· Wisdom Involved in creation (Proverbs 8:22-31); however, Christ is identified with the Father who brought creation to pass (John 17:5, 24; 1 John 1:1 and Revelation 1:8)
· Wisdom was brought forth from the LORD as the first of His works (Proverbs 8:22); however, Christ was already there; Christ was from the beginning and is eternal before creation but was with God and was God before anything came to pass (John 1:1-3).
· Wisdom was created by him (Proverbs 8:30); however Christ was the express image of His person (Hebrews 1:3)
This passage has much to say about the creator and how wisdom was intertwined, but we must remember even though we may identify attributes of Christ in these passages; Christ stands with God; and Wisdom was brought forth from God (see Ephesians 3:9; Hebrews 1:2; and Colossians 1:15-17).
So how do we apply this knowledge to our day? The attributes of Christ are eternal from everlasting to everlasting. When we come to know Him, we have Him living in our hearts and through Him we gain the wisdom this chapter speaks of. As the Chapter winds up it says this; blessed is the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD. So apply wisdom to your heart and you will find life.
Prayer: LORD, we incline our ear to your Wisdom through Christ. Teach us to apply our hearts unto wisdom. As we come before you each day place a thirst in our hearts for your wisdom and understanding. Let us be like the deer who pants after water and teach us more about yourself and the wisdom you have for those who seek it. We praise you for the work you are doing in our lives and we ask that you apply your Word to our hearts and minds this day. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Connie Renfro ©