One of my pleasures in the summer is to sit outside with a pipe, in the evening, and watch the lightning bugs. That’s something to be added to the listen of things that God thought of when He was creating the world, but which we never would have thought of, had we been creating it.
Do you even want to imagine a world created by anyone but God?
It gives me the shudders.
Proverbs 8 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible (others are 1 Corinthians 1, 1 Corinthians 13, Ephesians 6, Hebrews 11, Romans 7) and I felt a need for it this morning. Maybe you do, too. This chapter is the personification of God’s wisdom, speaking to us directly. Listen.
Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
So begins the book of Proverbs, Chapter 8, one of the most poetic books in all the Bible. It conveys wisdom that would be hard to frame in simple prose: and more than wisdom, God’s love.
If you’ve never read it before, here’s a video that may help you to see what I mean. http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=proverbs+8+video&FORM=VIRE5#view=detail&mid=B50AD60E93C7C12C095DB50AD60E93C7C12C095D
And if, as I do, you prefer the unmodernized King James Version, here’s a recitation.http://www.biblestudytools.com/audio-bible/kjv/proverbs/8.html
The spirit of this benighted age might well proclaim, Doth not folly cry? and idiocy put forth her voice? Maybe that’s why sometimes Proverbs 8 can move me to tears: I live in an era that personifies the exact opposite of every good thing named in this chapter of the Bible.
Never mind. Take a few minutes to be attentive to the voice of God’s wisdom, words spoken for our good: truth, and not lies. Amen.