WISDOM

Proverbs 3

Hebrews 6: 13 – 7: 2

Where do you think wisdom comes from? Is it a process of life experience? The result of learning after many mistakes? The capacity to think with clarity and apply knowledge? The ability to approach situations with emotional intelligence?

Proverbs has a fascinating take on wisdom. Wisdom is depicted here metaphorically as a woman, as an aspect of God, foundational to life and creation itself, and the ongoing wellbeing of humanity. The wisdom of Proverbs is not something which we instigate independently and ‘work on’ like a self-improvement project. Wisdom is utterly woven into the person of God, and the way in which we live as creatures of God in His world. Wisdom is the gift offered by the presence of God in His creation.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

and do not rely on your own insight.

In all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make straight your paths.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.

It will be a healing for your flesh

and a refreshment for your body.”

Proverbs 3: 6-7

Wisdom is there for us to find, not hiding, but calling out to us. We can take hold of her, even clothe ourselves in wisdom, and she will share herself with abundant generosity. Wisdom brings forth and sustains who we are created to be. Wisdom offers life to the full.

Wisdom is what we recognize as grace in action, and grace is the heart beat at the core of all creation.

The passage from Hebrews is an exploration of the roots of grace. God’s faithfulness to humanity is worked out through Jesus, our great high priest, “holy, blameless, undefiled.” The old order of relationship with God through law and obligation has been superseded by the unique once and for all action of reconciliation on our behalf by Jesus.

“We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus… has entered …” Hebrews 6: 19-20

Our hope is firmly anchored in precious intimacy with our Creator, made possible through Jesus.

The hope of life to the full is the hope of life in relationship with our God, and Jesus is the key to the enticing abundance of grace in Proverbs. This is wisdom.

Love Jane

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