The scripture records that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1). He created everything, including man who was made in his image and likeness. God did this in his wisdom. “Wisdom is an attribute of God that is eternally related to him, understood only in relation to him, and is an extension of his dynamic being to mankind”(Bullock, 1986).
Wisdom can then and only, be ascribed to God. By God creating man in his own image and likeness, he expects that man will equally act with wisdom in all one does. This is one way that man can reflect God’s nature in himself as opposed to acting foolishly. This is irrespective of whether one is a believer or not. For those who turn to God’s word in search of his will, they gain even greater wisdom by the scriptures.
Job 12:13 says, “To God belongs wisdom and power, he has counsel and understanding,” and yet the scriptures say that Jesus is the perfect wisdom of God, “Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (Corinthians 1:24). In Proverbs 9:1-9, wisdom is introduced as a magnificent and generous lady extending a warm and open invitation to the hearers.
That the word of God is this wisdom in which God makes known his goodwill towards men; God the word is this Wisdom, to whom the Father has committed all judgment. The rich provision that the Wisdom has made for the reception of all those that will be her disciples, is represented under the similitude of a sumptuous feast (Henry, 1963).
“For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not [come to] know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25).
Jesus as co-creator with God, and as the Word of God that became flesh, invites all people to eat and drink freely from what he has provided; whatever a soul can desire; righteousness, grace, peace, joy, the assurances of God’s love, the consolation of the Spirit, and the promise of eternal life. As we come to Christ, acting by faith on the promises of the Word that we feed on, we soon realize that we are enjoying the provisions that our Lord Jesus has made for those that love and hunger for him. This has a parallel with Luke 14:23, “And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.” No wonder wisdom is personified in this book as a person. Specifically, Christ embodied the perfectly wise person who puts truth, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding above personal material gain. One might even go so far as to say, quite correctly, that a relationship with Christ is more important than material things.
(To be continued)