• Steve

Wisdom - as a Person

The Lord possessed me, Wisdom, at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. Ages ago I was set up at the first, before the beginning of the earth. (Proverbs 8:22-23)

Sometimes “Wisdom” is spoken about in a special, personal way. Here “Wisdom” is almost like a Person, a Helper who was with God from the beginning of the world, guiding how God created all things. God and Wisdom are there from the beginning, fashioning the universe together.

For this reason, Christians have often talked about Jesus Christ as “the Wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24). Jesus is God’s Son – distinct from God the Father and yet of One Being with Him – who acts with the Father (and the Holy Spirit) in all things. As John’s Gospel puts it, Jesus is “the Word,” the One who orders the universe and orders our lives. Learning to receive his grace and follow his commands is the wisest thing anyone can do; it is having a relationship with “Wisdom” Himself.

This understanding of Wisdom as Personal makes Christianity different from so many other worldviews which have impersonal principles at their center. For instance, in Darwinian evolutionism, the world is shaped by violence and the survival of the fittest organisms as they compete with one another. In capitalism, the economy is guided by free trade and people seeking the highest incentives for their labors. In Marxism, history is a story of class conflict and of the oppression of the poor by the elites. In secular cosmology, the universe is a blind and purposeless unfolding of matter and energy derived from the Big Bang.

To these examples we could add many other worldviews. Of course all of these “isms” have a partial grasp of reality, which is why some of them have many followers. But behind all of these perspectives is a larger, better, and more hopeful story. The universe is guided by a Wisdom who is also a Person, the Author and Architect of the whole cosmos.

While there is still much man-made evil in this universe, the Architect is in the process of restoring all things, including every human life who turns to him. Another way of putting this is to say that at the heart of reality is Love, a Wise Person who is drawing you into his life.

So whatever you face today, whether the drudgery or the joy of human life, remember that what holds the world together is the Author who made you and who loves you. The cosmos is not an accident, and neither are your circumstances; the world will be restored, even the parts that seem most far gone. And the Author of the whole story weaves your story in with His, if you say yes to Him.

Lord Jesus, thank you for creating and restoring the world in wisdom. Give me courage today to face my difficulties, knowing that you are working out your Plan in all things. In Your Name, Amen.