Wisdom will never be attractive to the world, but it's forever worth pursuing with all your might.
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Proverbs 8 Summary
The wise father, who's been teaching his son in these opening chapters of Proverbs, knows there are two woman vying for his son's attention. Yesterday, in chapter 7, we met the first woman, a seductive woman, dressed like a prostitute with crafty intent (7:10).
In chapter 8 we hear from Lady Wisdom, calling upon people to cling to her counsel and sound wisdom... insight... and strength (v14). While the world rushes after silver and gold, they miss that which is more valuable: wisdom's instruction (v10).
When we think of how the Bible describes creation, we often think of the opening chapters of Genesis, and not the book of Proverbs. But Lady Wisdom makes a stunning claim in v22-31: she was the very first thing that God created!
Finding wisdom must be your primary focus in life, because whoever finds wisdom finds life and obtains favor from the Lord (v35). Understand that you will attach yourself to one of the two women in Proverbs 7 & 8 - the seductive temptress, or Lady Wisdom. There's no other choice. The chapter ends with a solemn warning: he who fails to find [wisdom] injures himself; all who hate [wisdom] love death (v36).
All through history, people have looked for wisdom in all the wrong places. The ancient Greeks tried to look past the illusion of reality. Eastern religions teach people to find wisdom from within, and modern day philosophy denies the existence of objective wisdom.
But Proverbs 8 helps us understand that wisdom is found in having a right relationship with God. God delights in wisdom (v30), so when you come to God in Christ, He gladly gives you the wisdom that He delights in, as well as the vast benefits that come from living in wisdom.
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our wise Father, who delights in wisdom (v30)
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray for the strength to pursue wisdom in all you do.
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED: