I love that God calls wisdom a woman, especially in the face of trendy “God is a woman” T-shirts and poems. God is not a woman, but Wisdom is.
I’m intrigued by the biblical model of Wisdom. I want to know who she is, what she does, where she can be found and how I can attain her.
Why would I want to attain wisdom? Because God says she is valuable.
For wisdom is better than rubies,
And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.
Proverbs 8:18 (the voice of Wisdom)
“Riches and honor are with me,
Enduring riches and righteousness.”
How can I attain her?
One might think: go find her, study her, and then approach her to persuade her for her hand.
That’s how women work, right? Maybe not this one. Wisdom is different.
For one, she is not hiding. She’s calling out to us. No wonder Wisdom is a woman…we want to be heard! Are you listening?
Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?
2 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill,
Beside the way, where the paths meet.
3 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city…
Two, studying wisdom requires more than learning of wisdom. You must learn to heed correction.
Proverbs 8:33-34a (the voice of Wisdom)
“Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not disdain it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me…”
Ah, typical boss lady. Be wise not to resent her.
Proverbs 8:35-36 (the voice of Wisdom)
“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.”
Three, the approach is simpler than you think. Wisdom invites us to feed on that good ol’ homemade stuff.
Proverbs 9:5-6, (the voice of Wisdom)
“Come, eat of my bread
And drink of the wine I have mixed.
6 Forsake foolishness and live,
And go in the way of understanding.”
When you read Wisdom’s words and think of her as a person, you may find her to be outspoken. Regardless of how outspoken she is, she does not speak out of place.
Unsurprisingly, humans are attracted to wisdom and her promising treasures. We want to receive the compliment that tells us we are wise. We want the benefits of wisdom, but it’s not all about her.
In fact, the first prerequisite to becoming wise:
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
There’s only one thing that can actually make you find wisdom: Fearing the Lord!
This is my sixth post for Wednesday Wisdoms, a category that focused on the Holy Word. These wisdom posts will always include Scripture, devotional thoughts and encouragement to get into your own quiet time with God. Hope you enjoy studying with me!