Are you a lover of wisdom?
Proverbs Chapter 8 talks about wisdom crying out to the people and telling them the reason why they must get wisdom. Many people have been asking the question, “Who is the person that the Bible is referring to or is using the word ‘wisdom’ to represent?”
The first three verses of Proverbs Chapter 8, the pronoun assigned to wisdom showed that it was a female the Bible was talking about here because “she”, “her” was used in describing it. The reason why Solomon ascribed wisdom to the feminine is because of their nature – they needed to be cared for, to be loved, and be treated well not to be taken advantage of or taken for granted – in the same manner, we should handle wisdom. Solomon introduced this in Proverbs 7:4 “Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding your nearest kin.”
Many Bible scholars resolved that the person here calling out to humanity is Jesus. Looking at it from the scriptures, their claims could be true. In 1 Corinthians 1:30 the Word says; “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” Jesus is the wisdom that was calling out to us to come to Him. Jesus did not start to exist in the new testament, Jesus has always been there when God was creating the Heavens and the Earth. We need to understand this truth first and then look deeper into the message that Jesus was passing through the wise one, King Solomon.
There are things we do in this world that get us into trouble and this happens most of the time because we are not listening or paying attention to the instructions being given. Let’s look at someone driving on the highway, if he or she does not follow the instructions or the guidelines to driving on the highway correctly, they might end up having an accident.
Proverbs 8:32 says “blessed are those who keep my ways.” Keeping the ways of the Lord equally means keeping his commandments – when we follow the commandments of God, it is for our good, they were given to help us go the right path. Just as it was stated in Deuteronomy 10:12,13; "what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?"
Jesus has come to give us life and if anyone is wise, he or she would accept that life and leave the path of death. Exactly as it was written in Proverbs 8:35; “For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.” Jesus came to give His life as a precious gift, a ransom payment to atone for our sinful debts. It is so important to us that we must hold onto it because when if we let go of it, it will take us back to the punishment (or the reward) we get for sinning. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Why should we then ignore this gift and go back into our being dead? Once we are without Christ, we are counted as being dead because death came upon us through one man and that is Adam – everyone born into this world is born into sin which has death with itself. But when Christ came through, he came with life. Accepting Christ also means accepting to move from the path of death into the path of life. Hating wisdom is synonymous to choosing the path that leads to death.
God has given us something that is powerful and that is the freedom of choice. You have the right to choose – but what is it that you will choose? God advised us what to choose in this life. In Deuteronomy 30:19 He said; “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” In other words, choose wisdom, choose what or who will give you life.
What poses us to danger is ignorance. We choose to follow our ways, the ways of man, all the while neglecting the ways of the Lord. The Truth is a must for us to hear and we cannot take it away from what God has established for us through Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death.” The way that leads to death is the way where wisdom is not found; the way that Jesus did not approve to be right. Most people found on this path are haters of Wisdom; those who hate Jesus and those who refuse to live according to the instructions He gave us.
Mankind has been given the chance to come back to the path of wisdom. We were told to ask anything that we seem to be lacking in our lives in Matthew 7:7. God promised to help get us whatever we ask. The Bible further advised that we ask for wisdom because of its necessity. We can’t be walking around without wisdom, without Jesus guiding us to all things. James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
This is the right time for us to choose life and live, we should stop hating what is good or what God wants us to do. He is asking us to do these things so that we can take the path of life. Everybody born into this world has been condemned to death because of the sin committed by one man, Adam. We all need to be saved from that sinful nature, and therefore wisdom is calling and telling us to come, choose the right path. Will you answer the call?
*A great thank-you goes out to Pastor Joseph for taking time out of his ministries in Nigeria to collaborate with us on this important topic!