Proverbs 8 – Unveiling the Mystery and Riches of Wisdom

Proverbs 8As one looks superficially at the Bible, they may see fragments of knowledge of which they think little of. The casual mind may see only dark and ancient sayings that seem to have no life to them. Yet, when one is genuinely seeking the truths of life, digging deeper and deeper into the mysterious passages of the Bible, Scripture begins to–as it were–shine into the darkened mind’s eyes, sparking the strings of the heart into new life and giving an experience never before realized, awakening the soul to the scent of the glories of life everlasting.

As the scriptures come together as a mysterious puzzle, piece by piece fitting together with power to the mind, the wisdom of God’s word, the Bible, assumes a new and glorious identity. Wisdom becomes–as it were–a living stone crying, Grace, to the ears that can hear. Wisdom is far more than knowledge; Wisdom is as a living creature enriching and guiding the life in a way far greater than any amount of dumb material possessions or foolish and earthly pleasures could possibly ever; “for Wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”

Wisdom is not confined to the pages of a book; on every hand it invites and cries for humanity to lay ahold. “Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.” Man should see the Wisdom of God all around in the power of the germinating seed growing to lofty trees, in the ingenuity and powers of beings created in the image of God, and in the wonders and resilience of all creation.

Wisdom is Christ; “Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” The man “Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom.” Cor. 1:24, 30. As it was spoken of Wisdom, so it was with the only begotten Son: “The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old…When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth…Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him.” Wisdom, who is Christ, develops in the heart of the one who partakes of Him; and the sinews thereof develop in the soul, strand by strand, by the acceptance of its reproofs into the life that lives by faith in what God’s word counsels.

“Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.” The inexhaustible treasures of Wisdom are not granted to everyone. Only those that seek it with all of their heart and keep His ways will have a continual feast. “For whoso findeth me findeth life” and few be there that find it, “and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth” not necessarily the one they rebel against, but “his own soul: all they that hate me love death.” Elsewhere in the puzzle pieces of Proverbs, Scripture tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom in the heart; in this chapter, we find the puzzle piece that tells us what it means to fear the Lord: “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” Not until evil, until sin, is hated and forsaken in the life will the soul truly begin to understand the mysteries, the power, and the great depths of the Wisdom of God, Christ Jesus.

May you fear the Lord always,

Jeffrey Maxwell


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