November 8 2013 by Doug
Proverbs 8 is a long chapter commending wisdom. I want to focus on the latter part of the chapter.
In Proverbs 8:22-36 we see the proclamation that Wisdom predates Creation. There is a primal idea here, that Wisdom is not something that comes after the existence of reality.
This matters for us, because if Wisdom comes after the material universe, then it is dependent on material reality. Otherwise, if Wisdom predates material existence, then the only sure way to get at the root of Wisdom is to seek what or who may have been there to institute wisdom.
If we want to find wisdom, we should see two things. First, we should see that the basic principles of wisdom will echo in all of Creation. We can learn and develop ideas about wisdom by studying Creation—the General Revelation of God.
Second, though, we should see that understanding wisdom requires us to seek and understand God. The idea being that Wisdom has its source not in what God created, but that God used Wisdom in the process of Creation.
Knowing God is necessary to for true Wisdom.