Read Proverbs 8
Have you ever built something before? And I’m not talking about a cabinet from IKEA, but built something from scratch? It’s been a while, but I’ve always enjoyed the process of sketching out an item and then bringing it into existence. When we do that, when we create, we’re displaying an attribute of God to the world, and I find that to be absolutely exhilarating.
Today’s chapter thoroughly excites me, though I don’t remember having read it quite like this before. Today the foundation of the world and how God made everything stood out to me. I was consumed with thoughts of how he took nothing and made it into something. He made water and earth. He told the waters to go to only a certain boundary and no further. He made plants and animals and man. He did all of this with wisdom guiding his every step. That’s so cool!
After describing the beauty of creation, then Solomon wrote this:
So, my dear friends, listen carefully;
those who embrace these my ways are most blessed.
Mark a life of discipline and live wisely;
don’t squander your precious life.
Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listens to me,
awake and ready for me each morning,
alert and responsive as I start my day’s work.
As I read through today’s Proverb, I couldn’t help but wonder if wisdom is right there alongside us as we build and work and create. When we make a good business decision does wisdom clap? Does she cheer us on when we’re setting good, healthy boundaries? Does she stand to her feet when we make strides toward being the people God has made us to be? I think that when we intentionally listen to wisdom, she becomes a loud-talker and gets excited to be heard.
This Proverb also reminds me of the finite nature of our being. We only have a certain number of days and we have the choice to build our lives around wisdom or foolishness. Each day we wake up with that choice, so let’s choose today to follow wisdom.