Sunday, February 20, 2011

Proverbs 8

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 8. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • I like how the author of this proverb writes from a first person perspective of “wisdom.” It’s very interesting to think of wisdom as a person calling out to us, giving us the chance to converse with her. 
  • The voice of wisdom tells us that her fruit is better than fine gold. Then she says she walks in the way of righteousness. 
  • The most interesting thing starts in verse 22, where wisdom says, “the Lord brought me forth as the first of his works . . . appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.”
  • Wisdom closes by telling us whoever finds her finds life but whoever fails to find her harms themselves.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?) 
  • Does reading this proverb with wisdom speaking in the first person make you think or feel differently about searching for wisdom in life? It’s sobering to think that God created wisdom before any other part of creation and yet we do not seek after her. Obviously wisdom is not a person to search and find but maybe thinking of it like that for just a second can help us to put into perspective how important it is to find her. To interact with this “first of creation” is to gain something far greater than riches. 
  • Can’t we all say that knowing the perfect thing to do or say at a given time is more rewarding than falling into success of any kind with no clue of how to replicate it? Wisdom is more than a magic formula to money, success or fame. Wisdom is the comfort of knowing what is the right move when maybe no one else does. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • How about you - do you seek after wisdom like a long lost friend? Do you value a “relationship” with her? Have you thought about finding wisdom is gaining life and to ignore it is to only harm ourselves? What are some ways you can think of to find wisdom? In what areas of your life right now do you need more wisdom? Ask God to help you find wisdom for those areas.