22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old.
23 I have been established from everlasting,
From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
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, I was brought forth;
26 While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields,
Or the primal dust of the world.
27 When He prepared the heavens, I was there,
When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 When He established the clouds above,
When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,
29 When He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman;
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
31 Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight was with the sons of men.
32 “Now therefore, listen to me, my children,
For blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not disdain it.
34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the Lord;
36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul;
All those who hate me love death.”
Here we again the see Wisdom talking, telling us how she was with God as He planned and created the world. Wisdom was God’s master craftsman as God planned and created the world, its animals, its complex systems and man. As we look at the created world, we see design and intent all around us. The idea of evolution that time and chance brought about order and complexity is absurd in every science except origins. God, the Master designer, worked carefully with great wisdom in His design and implementation of every aspect of His creation. As men were created wisdom was their delight.
In light of all that Wisdom has done, we are called to listen to wisdom, to hear wisdom, and to watch for wisdom, so that we may find wisdom. In finding wisdom we also find life and obtain favor, or grace, from the Lord. We are seeing a repeating theme in Proverbs of seeking after wisdom to obtain it for the bettering of our lives. In other words, wisdom is good for us. Remember that wisdom begins in the fear of the Lord; wisdom is the understanding of what our actions will cost us before we act. Wisdom then enhances our lives in ways beyond our understanding.
The chapter ends with a warning. Those who sin against wisdom, that is they act apart from it, wrong their own soul. Please understand from wisdom that our actions have consequences either positive or negative. When we ignore wisdom, the negative consequences will bring pain to the core of our lives, our very souls. Think through your life actions and life choices from Wisdom’s point of view. You will not end with regrets but with the honor and joy of wisdom living.
This week is Shepherd’s Conference at Grace Community Church in Southern California. Take some time to look up Shepherds Conference, enjoy the music as 4,000 pastors, elders, and deacons join to sing God’s praise with Keith and Kristin Getty, let your heart be stirred by some of the greatest preachers of our day. The Word of God will be opened carefully and powerfully. Whatever time you take to watch Shepherds Conference will be time well spent.
My parents celebrated 65 years together yesterday. What a great testimony of a commitment to each other and commitment to God they have been. Happy Anniversary Dad and Mom.
Have a great day in the Lord,