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2015.Aug.
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Christ Is Wisdom Personified
[ Proverbs 8:22 - 8:36 ]
 
22. "The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old;
23. I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.
24. When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water;
25. before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth,
26. before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world.
27. I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28. when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29. when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
30. Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,
31. rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.
32. "Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.
33. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.
34. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
35. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.
36. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death."
 

Reflection
Wisdom in the Beginning (8:22–31)
When God created the world and everything in it, wisdom was there with Him. In this passage, wisdom speaks in first person, and we now understand that this person, through whom all things were made, was Jesus Christ the Son of God. In this passage, wisdom says, I was filled with delight . . . rejoicing always in his presence (v. 30), giving us a glimpse of how much the Son delights in His Father and how there is perfect unity and harmony within the Trinity. In the same way the Son delights in His father, He also rejoices in His Fathers creation (v. 31). Since God created us in His image, we are to live like His beloved children, reflecting His perfect wisdom.

Listening for Wisdom (8:32–36)
Most people are happy to talk all day, but many of us are not very good listeners. We have short attention spans and selfish hearts that stop us from taking the time to really listen to our spouses, children, or friends. Here, the wisdom of God says, My children, listen to me (v. 32), and Listen to my instruction and be wise (v. 33). Listening is the key to receiving His wisdom. But the ultimate purpose of listening is not merely to gain wisdom but to find God Himself, the source of life and wisdom. Those who are attentive and listen to Him are blessed because they will find life and receive His favor.

Application
- How important is wisdom to you? Isnt it wonderful to know that, because we are in Christ, God has revealed to us the wisdom by which He created the world?

- Would you consider yourself a good listener? There is always room for growth. As you pray to God today, wait and listen for Him to speak to you.

A Letter to
God
The Unreached (joshuaproject.net) | Nogay Tatar (Romania) – Islam
The Nations | The Nogay Tatar are a small people group living in Romania that is virtually 100 percent Sunni Muslim. Although there is a handful of Christians living in the Nogay community, they desperately need more Christian workers to teach them the Word of God. Ask the Lord to send missionaries to preach the Gospel, and pray that the Bible would be translated into the languages and dialects of the people.
 
 
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