I love the passage from Proverbs 8 this Sunday! Proverbs is a book in the Bible that isn’t in the lectionary very much. Which is too bad because this book is full of poetry, wisdom, and pithy sayings.
A couple of things I want to note in preparation for worship:
- Notice when you read Proverbs 8 that wisdom is personified. “Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice?” Throughout the entire chapter wisdom is alive.
- Wisdom is not afraid to be seen. The beginning of the chapter wisdom is calling out on the heights and at the crossroads and beside the gates. Wisdom is actively looking to be heard.
- There are many layers to wisdom. The text says that wisdom is made up of intelligence, prudence, truth, insight, and strength.
- Finally, in verse 30 and 31, wisdom is deeply connected with joy. Four times the words delight and rejoicing are used in relationship to wisdom.
We often say that age is a marker of wisdom but nowhere in this text does it talk about age. Which leads me to ask us this question, who do you consider to be wise in your life? When do you know that you were wise? When have you witnessed someone else be wise? I have a feeling we can learn from each other so I welcome you to share you stories here.
Wisdom and Joy