Wisdom’s been everywhere (and everywhen), man.
There isn’t anything she has not witnessed, either here or in heaven. She is timeless and has seen God create the world (see 8:22-31). Wisdom is also valuable. No desirable thing on Earth can be compared with her (v. 11). She comes from God and has His attributes. The challenge we see here is to seek her as you would seek God.
Chapter 8 finishes with a command from wisdom. Now that we have read about the sheer worth of wisdom, it would be wise to read intently.
“32 “Now therefore, listen to me, my children, for blessed are those who keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it. 34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favour from the Lord; 36 but he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death.””
As a loving mother would ask of her children, wisdom calls on her beloved followers to keep her instructions. The similarities are striking. As one is called by wisdom to listen to her, godly parents charge their children to lead righteous lives. This is where Solomon’s intent comes a bit clearer in why he exhorts obedience to a parent’s teaching. A parent whose aim is to seek godly wisdom and teach it to their children will be reflecting God’s character.
The command here in verses 32-36 is to obey wisdom. Blessed is the man at her gates, waiting for a word to live by. And when you’ve found her, God’s favour rests on you, and life is yours.
Verse 36 says those who reject wisdom wrong their own soul. This is true if you agree God is the source of all things, and to sin against Him is destructive to oneself. God is the giver of life so to hate God’s wisdom is to love death. Sometimes the truth is tough, and Proverbs provides plenty of no-nonsense truth. May we trust in God for wisdom and salvation. He freely gives it by His grace. Seek after it as you would a precious gem, and God will lovingly do the rest. Amen.
Thoughts or questions? Write them as a comment on this post, and I’ll certainly read them and try to contribute to your thoughts.
Note: All scripture is taken from Biblestudytools.com and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.