For wisdom will come

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When the Proverb says that wisdom will come, it says, wisdom will come into our hearts. That is our first clue that biblical wisdom is not as head-y as it sounds.

There is plenty to be found in the Scriptures regarding knowledge and understanding. The human brain is helpful for these pursuits. But if we are going to enter into the realm of wisdom and in any way experience what others before us meant by the wisdom of God or the wisdom that is God, we may have to put aside our modern associations.

The wisdom that we speak of this Sunday is mysterious. It is hard to spell out where it came from or even what precisely it is. That is one of the reasons why wisdom is personified in the Scriptures. Putting flesh on a thing helps.

Enter Lady Wisdom in the Book of Proverbs, who posts up in the busiest part of town to tell folk the error in their ways. The writer of Wisdom of Solomon (which is in some, not all bibles) got the idea to personify wisdom as a woman from Proverbs.

The she-factor gets a certain crowd all kinds of worked up, as though it were snuck in there by whomever happens to be held in a suspicious light. Why it strikes a nerve and how I feel about that is an essay for another day or never.

What matters to me presently, is that you and I wonder about this Wisdom from on high that so many before us have asked for…or prayed or sung for, as it were.

Were they asking for order? For a way to walk in? For access to the meaning implanted by God in creation (G. on Rad)? Is the prayer for God to post up in the streets Lady Wisdom-style or is it for creation to happen again?

That last bit is perhaps the hardest for us to wrap our heads around. The biblical testimony to Wisdom being at God’s side in the beginning and having a role with God and human beings from the get-go is pretty “out there”. Hence, why, when it comes, the good Lord-willing, it will come into our hearts.

for wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
prudence will watch over you;
and understanding will guard you.
— Proverbs 2:10-11
 

Rachel May


Rachel Maywisdom, Pentecost 25, Year B