Pro 8:22-36 – The Importance of Wisdom to God
It was His from the Very Beginning
(22) The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
There are those who stumble at this passage and make some very wrong conclusions about Christ as a result of it. At the center of the controversy is the word “possessed.” Some take that to mean “created” as in the same way God created everything else, and because wisdom bears so much resemblance to Christ, the argument is made that Christ was created and is not co-equal and co-existent with God. Nothing could be further from the truth.
- Wisdom is an attribute of God and every attribute of God is a part of Who He is.
- To say that wisdom was created as a creature separate from God implies that before God created wisdom, He had none. That’s ludicrous.
- In Proverbs 8 God is using a literary device called personification to help illustrate an attribute of His so that He can emphasize its importance. The “being” wisdom is not literal; she is just an illustration.
- That wisdom bears so much resemblance to Christ is because wisdom is an attribute of God and therefore an attribute of Christ.
- Let’s not also forget that wisdom is personified here as female and Christ is clearly male.
The point of verse 22 is that God has had wisdom always and everything He has ever done has stemmed from it.
It is the means by which He does all things.
(23) I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
(24) When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
(25) Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
(26) While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
(27) When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
(28) When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
(29) When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
(30) Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
(31) Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
The rest of the section above clearly underscores the importance of wisdom in God’s working. It is a part of Who He is and nothing He does is done without wisdom. Creation was no cosmic accident and neither is any detail of God’s dealings in our lives. The very hairs of our head are numbered! (Matthew 10:30; Luke 12:7) God leaves nothing to chance.
God designed us to operate best according to His wisdom.
(32) Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
(33) Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
(34) Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
(35) For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.(36) But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
“Good understanding giveth [favor]: but the way of transgressors is hard” (Proverbs 13:15). Why? Because to go our own way is to work contrary to our owner’s manual. Can you imagine trying to drive a car without putting the key in the ignition and taking it out of park? That’s hard! But if you let God drive your life the way He intended it to be, you’ll make real progress.
“Blessed are they that keep [God’s] ways.” Think about it: Our very Creator operates according to wisdom. Who are we to think living our lives any other way would even work?
“Blessed is the man that [hears] me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.” The picture is of someone anxiously waiting at the doors of the “Wisdom Store,” just looking forward to rush in and buy up all the wisdom he can get. Why does he do that? Because He knows God’s way is the way of life and blessing.
Question: Wisdom is God’s way. What way are you on?