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Like God, like wisdom – On Proverbs 8:12-16

Wisdom never fails. She doesn’t stop reflecting God’s character and so we should look up to her. She is a model citizen of God’s kingdom.

12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion.”

Not content with with what she knows, wisdom seeks out knowledge herself. Her very nature is to be forever seeking more of what God is like and what the fear of God means. Proverbs has already said the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (1:7), and wisdom adds to that by saying it’s to also to hate evil.

13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.”

Wisdom not only seeks good but also is set against all pride and perversity. This is because the LORD hates sin. It is contrary to His nature and so God must punish those who commit it. He is a Holy God and dwells in unapproachable light. My dad often quotes, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31).” Hate is a strong emotion for sure and we are told to direct it at sin. The evil thoughts, the vile actions, the false pretence, the arrogance to say to the LORD, “I hate you, go die!” Sin is evil, and we are to despise it like wisdom does.

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14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. 15 By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice. 16 By me princes rule, and nobles, all the judges of the earth.”

Wisdom has prestige with kings because of whom she comes from and what she stands for. She has all these things going for her: sound wisdom, strength, she is understanding, has counsel, and kings rule justly by her. She pervades decisions made in private meetings and informs the rulings of leaders. If justice is being handed down, she is there behind the scenes.

She doesn’t come automatically, though. A king has to seek her as much as a layman like me does. If wisdom has the attributes of God, I want her to be on my side! I must seek out godly knowledge and hate the evil that invades my actions and thoughts every day. I might then start getting somewhere with her. Amen.

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