Proverbs 8:22-32: "The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways."
I love this portion of Proverbs 8, because although it is speaking of Wisdom, it is the PERFECT PICTURE of Jesus Christ.
Wisdom ~ like Christ ~ existed even before the earth did; thus Wisdom is eternal and was there in the beginning. We know by this statement, that the Bible is saying that Wisdom is more than a wise method of doing things, but rather, Wisdom is actually the person of God Himself. Just as the scripture refers to God as Love, here, God is referred to as Wisdom. When we are instructed to follow the ways of Wisdom, we are being instructed to follow the ways of God.
This portion of scripture is also a beautiful description of the creation of the world and is in perfect harmony with the account in Genesis 1. I won't Put the whole text here, but take the time to read Genesis 1:1-10 with this portion of Proverbs 8. It is wonderful!!
It is a very sad thing today that there are groups out there trying so hard to do away with the Biblical creation of the earth. However, many of these theories are being proved false as new discoveries are made, and new evidence is being brought to light that gives credence that the Bible is true in its record of how the earth was created. It is foolish to believe that the earth just happened or that it evolved from some "blob" and that a "Big Bang" just happened, and out of one of those things, there suddenly came order, and the human race was born. The universe did not create itself. There was not just a chance encounter with a passing star that caused our solar system to be set in perfect order, with the rotation of the planets in their exact orbits, so that they do not collide with each other. No ~ only God create such a well organized universe!!
Jeff loves to study creation...he actually teaches college courses on Creation Vs. Evolution. He can show people how the earth is positioned at just the right distance from the sun, so that is not too close to burn up, nor too far away so that it would freeze. That didn't happen by accident! Look at what God says about our world:
Genesis 8:22: "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."
Just looking at creation itself, is evidence of a designer behind it. This Master Designer was God. Wisdom ~ Jesus Christ ~ was there when He created the solar system, the earth that contains mountains, oceans, lakes, forests and fields. God even set the boundaries of the oceans; they are there by His command, as it says in Proverbs 8:29.
We're not here by accident. There was much wisdom put into not just the world we live in, but into the live we lead. God wants our lives to be patterned after Him, godly examples to the lost around us. Today when I go through this Proverb will my children I want them to see just how important Godly Wisdom really is.