We are currently in the Book of Proverbs, and immediately, there is a power I find when reading complete chapters. My experience with Proverbs remained limited to cherry picking a verse here, or a verse there. Experiencing the power and meaning of the written word in context provides richer meaning to my favorite passages. One understands why and what circumstances pressed the author to write in a certain way with particular words and phrases.
Proverbs says that wisdom itself was the first of God’s creation. “ADONAI made me as the beginning of his way, the first of his ancient works. I was appointed before the world, before the start, before the earth’s beginnings” (Pr. 8:22-23 CJSB). The importance of a process that was not built on randomness, but at its very core, began with a grand design full of thought and purpose. The creation of the world started with wisdom a central helper in the construction of the world.
The Book of Proverbs reminds me that nothing established by God is accidental, but at the very center of its being or purpose, is well-intentioned creation, giving light to the world. As another wisdom writing states, “For everything there is a season, a right time for every intention under heaven” (Eccl. 3:1 CJSB). Randomness remains in chaos, while order births meaning. Our journey, while not always predictable, always has a purpose that enfolds out of our experiences.
Praise be to our God, who restores us to our right path. Our Great Creator, who designed wisdom to be placed in our very DNA. I hope that we may embrace the gift given to us. We may listen to the spirit, and with discerning hearts, follow the path set before us by our amazing Savior.