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The Wisdom of God, Proverbs 8:22-32

By Betty Miller
( [email protected] ) Feb 21, 2006 07:54 PM EST

22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. 23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. 24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: 26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. 27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: 28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: 30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; 31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men. 32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. (Proverbs 8:22-32 KJV)

The book of Proverbs continues with a poetic description of God's Wisdom and its role in the creation of the world. In verses 22 and 23 the Bible makes the statement that the Lord possessed Wisdom. Wisdom existed even before the earth did; thus Wisdom is eternal and was there in the beginning. We know by this statement, that the Bible is saying that Wisdom is more than a wise method of doing things, but rather, Wisdom is actually the person of God Himself. Just as the scripture refers to God as Love, here, God is referred to as Wisdom. When we are instructed to follow the ways of Wisdom, we are being instructed to follow the ways of God.

This portion of scripture is also a beautiful description of the creation of the world and is in perfect harmony with the account in Genesis 1.

Genesis 1:1-10: "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good."

It is a very sad thing today, that many in the scientific community, have tried to do away with the Biblical creation of the earth; many, with theories that are harder to believe than the Bible account itself. However, many of these theories are being proved false as new discoveries are made, and new evidence is being brought to light that gives credence that the Bible is true in its record of how the earth was created. It is foolish to believe that the earth just happened or that it evolved from some "blob" and that a "Big Bang" just happened, and out of one of those things, there suddenly came order, and the human race was born. The universe did not create itself. There was not just a chance encounter with a passing star that caused our solar system to be set in perfect order, with the rotation of the planets in their exact orbits, so that they do not collide with each other.

The earth itself is positioned at just the right distance from the sun, so that is not too close to burn up, nor too far away so that it would freeze. You need not worry about the earth getting too hot from global warming, nor the opposite theory that it will enter an ice age. The scripture contradicts this occurrence. Genesis 8:22: "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."

Just looking at creation itself, is evidence of a designer behind it. This Master Designer was God. Wisdom was there when He created the solar system, the earth that contains mountains, oceans, lakes, forests and fields. God even set the boundaries of the oceans; they are there by His command, as it says in Proverbs 8:29 and also in Job 38:11: "And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed."

According to Proverbs 8:3, the most delightful thing God created was man. After God added the animals, He then made the height of His creation -- man in His own image. God desired to have someone He could fellowship with, so He started with Adam and Eve and has continued His creation of man with each birth through the ages. He made you and me. It delights His heart to commune with each of His children daily.

Prayer for the Day:

Dear Father, I am blessed today to be one of your children. I appreciate Your handiwork in all that You have created. I stand in awe that You made it all for mankind so that they might enjoy it and be blessed in it. Thank you for the beauty of the mountains, the glorious sunsets and the blue skies with those patches of little white clouds on a nice day. Thank you that I have eyes to see all of Your great artistic work in the creation of the earth. Lord, forgive me when I am tempted to complain about anything. I really have nothing to complain about when I have the Creator of the whole universe as my Father and friend. May I be a good friend to You and serve You faithfully every day of my life. Use me today to bless and help others. I ask this in Your Son's name. Amen.

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