The Lord's Wisdom

Scripture: Proverbs 8:22a, ‘The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works…’


Observations: If you look up this verse in your Bible you’ll note that there is some confusion as to how to translate it. Some versions have ‘the Lord possessed me,’ while others have ‘the Lord created me (or brought me forth).’ The word in Hebrew has two different meanings (which is fairly common in Hebrew). Theologically, ‘possessed’ is the better reading, as ‘wisdom’ is one of God’s eternal attributes. God didn’t create wisdom as if he wasn’t wise and then decided to become wise. God has always been wise, and he ‘began’ his works (or way) with wisdom.[1] Wisdom has always resided with God, ‘from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began. (v23)’ Wisdom existed before the oceans (v24), before the mountains (v25), before the soil and plants (v26). Wisdom was there when God created the heavens (v27), and the skies and seas (v28-29). God created the universe by his wisdom (v30-31). What’s most interesting is that just as wisdom is ‘personified’ here i.e. called ‘me’ and ‘I’ (first person masculine singular), so God’s wisdom is personified in the New Testament as Jesus Christ. John writes, ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God …through him all things were made. (Jn 1:1,3a)’ Jesus is the wisdom of God through whom God created the universe (see Col 1:15-17).


Application: Firstly, wisdom is only found in God. What is wise is not what we think is wise, but what God thinks is wise. If you want to find wisdom you need to get to know God, and the best place for that is in the Bible. Secondly, God’s wisdom is most clearly seen in the person of Jesus Christ, who not only is God in the flesh, but who is the revelation of God’s wisdom. It’s not enough to just read the Bible, you have to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour before you can be truly wise. Not only was everything made through Jesus, but everything makes sense in Jesus.


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You are wise and all wisdom comes from You. Lord, may I not seek the wisdom of this world, but the wisdom that You have revealed in Your word, and specifically in the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, may fill me with Your Spirit, that I may grow in my understanding of the gospel, and what Jesus Christ has revealed about Your love and grace, but also Your holiness and justice. Lord, may I become wise as I seek Your wisdom and apply it to my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

[1] The ESV’s translation is much better, ‘The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work…’

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