19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding He established the heavens;
20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up,
And clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes—
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
22 So they will be life to your soul
And grace to your neck.
Look at two thoughts here today. The first thought the writer assumes the audience knows. So well known is the first thought that it is assumed we will get the connection between the first and the second thought.
The first thought is that the Lord founded the earth by wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Not only did God create the earth by wisdom but God established all of the cycles of the earth to enable it to function. This passage directly relates to the water cycle of evaporation and rain. If you are an evolutionist, how long did the earth fail to work until time and chance figured out the water cycle? Solomon, the wisest guy who ever lived, gave God the credit for figuring this out and implementing it. I am a creationist. God created this earth in six literal days and had all of the earths’ seasons and processes ready to start within those six days. God, by wisdom, understanding, and knowledge created the earth and established its’ functions.
Secondly, because God used such great wisdom, understanding and knowledge we are not to let His wisdom depart from our eyes. We are to keep sound wisdom and discretion until they become life to our souls and grace to our necks. We might not be able to afford too many necklaces to adorn us, but God’s wisdom and discretion are ornamentation enough. When we know that God created the heavens and the earth, we will soon see the hand of God in all places that we go and in all that we do. This wonderful creative and sustaining wisdom will also be our guide and adornment.
Having been raised and lived in the U.S. I have never been wished a happy new year in February. But this morning I have awaken to many well wishers wishing me a Happy Chinese New Year. To all of my new friends, thank you for the well wishes. Caleb and I got up early and biked over to a pasar national or to an Indonesian market. It opens at 5AM and closes at 8AM. We got fruit I had never heard of, vegetables, fresh doughnuts, beef, chicken, and a spice mix that when mixed with rice was enough for a dinner for us all. It was quite fun and a great place to get fresh groceries. It was indeed a Happy New Year for us.
We have some sisters in the church here who are struggling with work contracts, payments, and thus personal finances. Pray with these women that they will see God caring for them and for their children.
Have a great day in the Lord,