In Proverbs 8:12, something happens that I’m pretty sure I’ve never truly begun to grasp. Wisdom, is referred to in the First Person. “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence, I possess knowledge and discression.” He (wisdom, but presumably Solomon speaking) speaks of his attributes and how he is better than gold, better than choice silver, fame, or riches.
One of the most amazing things to me about wisdom is beginning in verse 22, when he says that the Lord brought him forth as the first of his many creations. That he brought WISDOM forth as the first of his many creations! That Wisdom was along side with the Father as he watched all creation come to be, and that he has seen the innermost parts of God. Read it for yourself below, and see if you are not impressed with the necessity to get to know “Wisdom” better; not as a person – as he is depicted here – but as a quality, which we know Solomon is actually saying. It is the deepest of important qualities that we should learn to be of influence to others. It is not more important than holiness, nor honesty, nor all that is wrapped up into holiness; but in terms of the influence we have on others, nothing will have a stronger impact, ESPECIALLY when it is combined with holiness, and others see that we truly are children of God.
“The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old;
23 I was formed long ages ago,
at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
24 When there were no oceans, I was given birth,
when there were no springs abounding with water;
25 before the mountains were settled in place,
before the hills, I was given birth,
26 before he made the world or its fields
or any of the dust of the earth.
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above
and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he gave the sea its boundary
so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
30 Then I was constantly [e] at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
and delighting in humankind.
32 “Now then, my children, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the LORD.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
all who hate me love death.”