The Wisdom of Proverbs (Proverbs 3:19-20)

23 12 2010

Proverbs 3:19-20

19The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
by understanding he established the heavens;
20by his knowledge the deeps broke open,
and the clouds drop down the dew.


This passage does something very important for Christian doctrine and theology; it places wisdom at the genesis of creation. It gives wisdom a role in the beginning of the beginning whether it was an active or observatory one; wisdom gets a role.

The language “by wisdom” makes me think of a path, a passageway, a way. My mind hears “I’m in Virginia by way of Nigeria” or “This wonderful meal was made by Tomi” and so on and so forth. “By” denotes a means to arrive at a certain result or destination.


What is amazing about wisdom is that it is the Lord’s way to creation and new things. It is a witness to the foundation of the earth. It is the means through which God’s creation lives. Wisdom is rooted within the earth. It is beginning of creation. When God said to “Let there be light”, wisdom was not only present, but had a role in her presence and existence. By way of wisdom, God founded the earth. This lovely masterpiece that we touch and taste called earth was made by wisdom.


And wisdom doesn’t work alone, understanding is her revelation on the earth. The Lord, by way of wisdom and understanding created creation. Wisdom and her revelation to those on the earth is the life-Creator. Doctrine pushes back against this: only God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit were present during creation. And this is still true. Without getting into the  debate of whether Jesus is wisdom (which I heard before) or the Holy Spirit is, perhaps we can agree that wisdom had to be with and work with the Lord, and that the Lord works through wisdom to bring creation into fruition.


Perhaps Jesus is wisdom and our seeing Him walk on earth, the genesis of our understanding of the God He is and points to. Perhaps the Holy Spirit is wisdom and our learning how to listen to her, understanding God through the pneumatic whisper of God’s guidance, comfort and correction.


Whatever we may believe or hear or learn about Who wisdom is or could be, one thing is clear: the land, the skies, the universe and seas all respond to the Lord and the Lord’s wisdom. God is power. God is control. God is genesis. God is the beginning. God has the ability to be before being itself.


And wisdom was present with God in God’s being. To me, wisdom has to have some power too to exist when existence came to be. And if we are urged to follow, heed, and embrace wisdom, I think we are given a scary but beautiful assignment. I believe that we are given the assignment to accept God’s self into our daily decision-making and existence. Which is amazing!


God wants to be a part of our everyday, our mundane and monstrous events and decisions and feeling. God wants to be in every single moment of rejection for God’s sake, every time someone loves us genuinely, every single bit of this creation called life. God, by wisdom, wants to be involved in our lives, to be the loving Parent of children who are just now beginning to realize who we call Father and Mother.


Prayer: Lord, be in our everyday so much so that we can’t make life choices without seeing You. It’s in Jesus name I pray, Amen.



One response

8 01 2011


Leave a Reply to jeremy Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: