The LORD begot me, the beginning of his works, the forerunner of his deeds of long ago; Proverbs 8:22 NABRE
This verse opens a section in Proverbs on Wisdom who is of divine origin. She exists before all things, when God planned and created the universe, adorning it with beauty and variety, and establishing wonderful order. This section first emphasizes that she was born before all else and should be honored also it emphasizes she was with the Lord during the creation of the universe. We can also read about this Woman of Wisdom in Sirach 24, particularly “Before all ages, from the beginning, he created me, and through all ages I shall not cease to be.” (24:9) In several places we have this idea of a being Woman Wisdom who was with God and we have to understand she is like or is the Word. As we read in the opening of the gospel of John, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (1:1) Some might think Wisdom is Christ, but there could be an idea that Woman Wisdom is another being in the communion of God, begotten not made.
When we read about wisdom, we are under the impression it is something that can be a gift from God. God provides grace under many circumstances and we are able to receive wisdom from God. Wisdom is different from intelligence or being smart, these describe what we know; but wisdom is doing the wise thing. A wise act demonstrates we have wisdom and if we have the Wisdom of God, we are doing what God desires of us wisely. It is interesting that we have created an image of a trinity, Father, Son and Spirit but we have not included Wisdom in this trinity. Perhaps we should add another being to the Godhead.
Do you ask God for wisdom? Have you recognized Wisdom in your life at times?Wisdom is different from intelligence or being smart, these describe what we know; but wisdom is doing the wise thing. A wise act demonstrates we have wisdom and if we have the Wisdom of God, we are doing what God desires of us wisely. Click To Tweet
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