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Last week we learned some leadership lessons from wisdom herself. We learned of the wisdom triad that includes prudence, knowledge, and discretion. Since we have incredible reverence for the Lord, we hate evil because He does. We saw the value wisdom plays in effective leadership whether you’re a king, ruler, prince, or noble. It applies to leaders today as well. We learned that wisdom provides tangible and intangible results. She is still better than gold and silver. This morning, not only is wisdom essential in our walk of faith, wisdom played an instrumental part in the creation of the world.
Take a moment and read Pro. 8:22-31.
When was the birth of wisdom? We come to the focus of the chapter and learn that wisdom has been around for years. The first verse in this section points out the fact that the Lord possessed wisdom, “at the beginning of His way, before His works of old.” This points to creation. A real work that God accomplished. It will probably come as no surprise to you that I believe in a literal six day creation account. I have come to this realization by faith through my study of the Scriptures. It is totally implausible that all that we know in this physical world simply happened by chance. The earth and solar system being created through an explosion is like throwing all the individual parts for a space ship in a room and expecting it to manufacturer itself into that complex piece of machinery. Maybe you’re in the camp that says, I just can’t believe it the way the Bible describes, I need to understand it. I submit to you that you may not understand the inner workings of the internal combustion engine yet that does not prevent you from putting the key in the ignition, cranking it up and driving down the road.
There are numerous passages throughout Scripture that refer directly or indirectly to God’s hands on approach to creation. The idea of a big bang came about in the first to the middle part of the 20th century. The short version of the theory states that all space, time, and energy came into being from a minuscule particle of something that appeared somewhere for reasons no one can explain and then for some reason exploded causing the creation of all the universes, galaxies, stars and so on that we have now including earth and animals which led somehow, to the evolving of humanity. That is quite the leap of faith. Gen. 1:1 states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” That seems to be a very clear statement. One of my favorite passages in the New Testament is found in John’s gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” (John 1:1) The culmination of that passage is found in v. 14, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” When we line that up with what Solomon is telling us, it stating the same thing. Wisdom was there from everlasting. “From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.”
Before you jump to conclusions, I do not believe Solomon is telling us that wisdom and Jesus Christ are one in the same. It is true that Paul said in Col. 1:16, “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities all things have been created through Him and for Him.” Jesus wasn’t just there as a bystander, He was an active participant. I have gone through all of this to establish that wisdom is an inherent characteristic of God that was essential in creation and is essential to our walk of faith. When you look at vs. 22-26, you’ll see wisdom was present before those things happened. In v. 26 we learn that wisdom is literally older than dirt. Solomon tells us that wisdom never had a birth, wisdom is. As long as there was God, there was wisdom. You cannot separate the two.
Wisdom’s involvement with creation is seen in vs. 27-29 where we see that wisdom played an important role in creation. Could God have created all that we know apart from wisdom? That is an incomprehensible question because we’ve already established that you cannot separate one from the other. Wisdom is as much an attribute of God as His presence in eternity. There is incredible complexity in our universe, in our animal world, and in us. That couldn’t have happened by chance and it could not have happened without wisdom’s influence.
I want you to think of the things we take for granted. Maybe you’re thinking what do I take for granted? Exactly my point. The necessary things in our life that if allowed by God to stop, we would cease to exist. From the rotation of the earth on its axis that gives us night and day to the rotation of earth around the sun that gives us seasons, and the marking of time. From the blinking of the eye to the beating of your heart, God is involved. Our bodies are designed to respond in ways few people think about. If it’s bright out, the pupil closes to prevent the retina from being blinded with light. The opposite happens when it’s dark allowing more light in so you can see. When you get cold, the hair on your body stands on end trapping air to provide a layer of air for insulation. No one ever thinks of blinking or breathing and you certainly don’t think to send platelets to a repair a cut on your finger. Wisdom was essential in creating our bodies to function properly and efficiently.
These last two verses indicate the joy that wisdom demonstrates at the creation. Wisdom was with God the entire time of creation and now stands beside Him as an artisan. Wisdom is a master craftsman in God’s design. There is an intimacy between God and wisdom, but wisdom did not design all that we know; God is the designer. Let’s bring it all home. If God felt it needful to include wisdom in what He did, don’t you think it is reasonable for us to make wisdom a part of our lives? As God the Father and His one and only Son Jesus Christ looked at what they had created, there was rejoicing. Following the work of His creation each day God said, “It is good.” (Gen. 1) Imagine the joy. You think about when you make something and you look at it with joy. That’s the feeling God had. “Rejoicing in the world, His earth, and having my delight in the sons of men” Delight means great pleasure. Even though God knew that we would sin, that we would choose ourselves over Him, He still has great pleasure in us. That great pleasure was manifested in the redemption plan that was in place before the foundations of the earth were laid out.
It’s hard for us to comprehend the complexity of God and how He could create all things knowing that we would quickly turn what God defined as very good into what we know. His delight in you and me means that in His wisdom, He would need to send Jesus to die for us. Just when we begin to think we’ve got it figured out, the enormity that is God pushes us to realize that without Him, there is nothing. How does that impact how you live? Do you live with wisdom to guide you, or do you choose to go it alone? Solomon closes this section out by saying, “Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, for blessed are they who keep my ways. Heed instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts. For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord. But he who sins against me injures himself; all those who hate me love death.” (Pro. 8:32-36.)