Wisdom is a Person
For reading & meditation: Proverbs 2:12-22
“Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men ‘” (v.12)
We touched yesterday on the thought that in the book of Proverbs, particularly in the first nine chapters, wisdom and foolishness are seen as persons. Jesus was also using the device of personification when He said in Matthew 11:19, “But wisdom is proved right by her actions.” Some have thought that the personification of wisdom in the Scriptures indicates that wisdom is to be seen as a personality, perhaps a member of the angelic hierarchy, who visits men and women and imparts to them divine wisdom, but this, in my opinion, is taking things too far. The writer is simply using a literary device to make a point. However, it is the opinion of most evangelical commentators that the device of personification as it relates to wisdom is to prepare the way for the apostle Paul’s great statement in 1 Corinthians 1:24 that Christ is “the power of God and the wisdom of God.” If this is so, then it suggests that the divine purpose underlying the personification of wisdom in Proverbs is not simply to acquaint us with an absorbing set of rules or helpful suggestions by which to run our lives, but to hint that true wisdom lies in a Person, that Person being none other than our Lord Jesus Christ. Christianity moves beyond the wisdom of Solomon, which, by the way, commends itself to non-Christians as well as Christians, and points to the fact that the highest wisdom comes from a relationship with the One who is the fount of all wisdom – Jesus. Knowing the principles of wisdom is one thing; knowing the Person in whom all wisdom resides is another.
O Father, how can I sufficiently thank You that by faith I am linked to the source of all wisdom – the Lord Jesus Christ? Let the wonder of this relationship – I am in Him and He is in me – sink deep into my soul today. Amen.
For further study:
1 Corinthians 1:18-25; Isaiah 11:1-5; Matthew 13:54
1. How does Paul describe Jesus?
2. What did people testify of Jesus?