Proverbs 8. It’s why I do what I do when it comes to Proverbs. It’s why I shade every reference to wisdom in blue, my color for God the Son. While the sage portrays her as Lady Wisdom, raising her voice and inviting the simple to heed her counsel, that she is also personified in Christ seems evident as she declares her relationship to creation.
When [the LORD] established the heavens, I was there; when He drew a circle on the face of the deep, when He made firm the skies above, when He established the fountains of the deep, when He assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside Him, like a master workman, and I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always.
(Proverbs 8:27-30 ESV)
Wisdom was there, like a master workman, when God created the earth. Just as the incarnate Word, Jesus the Christ, was in the beginning. Was with God. Was God. And “all things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:1-3). Through God’s beloved Son, “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, . . . all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through Him and for Him” (Col. 1:15-16).
Jesus is the Master Workman of creation. Jesus is Wisdom . . . God’s daily delight, loved of the Father since “before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). Rejoicing always before Him as together they created what was good.
To hear Wisdom’s beckoning voice, is to hear Christ cry out, “Come to Me.” To meditate on the promises of Wisdom–that those who seek her find her (8:17) . . . that those who love her will be given an abundant inheritance (8:21) . . . that those who find her will find life and obtain favor from the LORD (8:35)–is to recognize how those promises are realized through relationship with the living Son of God.
That’s why, in my Bible, Wisdom is blue . . . and it’s Christ who is extolled as His voice cries out in these opening chapters of Proverbs.
And so, if it is Christ who is found in Lady Wisdom, then it’s His voice I hear this morning when she says,
. . . then I was beside Him, like a master workman, and I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always, rejoicing in His inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.
(Proverbs 8:30-31 ESV)
Jesus delights in the children of man. Celebrates in the wondrous creation of mankind. Having created them to love them, He takes great pleasure in them.
And even though rebellion has marked them, though they have given their Creator their back and not their face, though sin has marred and stained those made in the image of the Divine, He still delights in them . . . so much so, that He died so as to redeem them.
And though, even as redeemed, we stumble over ourselves trying to walk in a manner worthy of our calling, He continues to delight in us. As His creation and as His re-creation.
Having come not to condemn the children of man, but that, through Him, the sons and daughters of creation might be saved (John 3:17). Redeeming and reconciling us not to shadow us with disapproval as we falter and fail, but finding pleasure in us as He patiently forms within us His own nature–the image of Christ. Infusing within our spiritual DNA Wisdom herself.
Words can’t express what it is to be the object of His delight. Our highest thoughts can’t fathom His thoughts toward us.
But as we look to the cross, we get an idea of His desire toward us. As we consider the empty tomb, we start to grasp His power to fulfill what He has promised. As we think about heaven, we sense a measure of the joy He longs to share with those He has made and re-made.
All praise be to the Master Workman! Thanks be given to Her who cries out inviting us to partake of heaven’s great Wisdom! Let us worship alone the Son who so delights in the children of man.
Rejoicing in His grace. Seeking only His glory.