The Wisdom of Our Universe

BeginningThe Lord formed me [wisdom] from the beginning, before he created anything else.

I [wisdom] was appointed in ages past, at the very first, before the earth began.

I [wisdom] was the architect at his side. I [wisdom] was his constant delight, rejoicing always in his presence.                                                                                                                                                                                        Proverbs 8: 22-23, 30

Just a reminder to those who are journeying with me through Proverbs, that the words I write are simply my thoughts and insights. Perhaps a different passage from the chapters stands out for you, and no doubt you may have different insights. My desire is that I am whetting your appetite for the richness of Kingdom wisdom. These proverbs really are ‘words to live by’.

If you’ve been reading every chapter from Proverbs, then by now you are feeling like Solomon, or maybe it’s Wisdom, is desperately pleading with us to listen and make these words a part of your life. Wisdom wants to marinate us in these words so that discipline and sound judgment ooze from our pores.

An eye opener for me starts at verse 22 where Wisdom declares that God formed her, or gave birth to her from the beginning before he created anything else! What I take from those words is that ALL of life has been formed and shaped by wisdom. In other words, God didn’t take a bunch of human body parts and throw them against the wall and see what stuck and what didn’t. Just imagine if God had…where would your nose have ended up?  Every part and cell in our body is placed where it’s supposed to be, and designed to do exactly as intended. Thank goodness!

IF that’s the case, then it would stand to reason that to fully get the most out of this brief life that we have on earth is to live in rhythm with creation, and in rhythm with our Creator. In other words, live life the way it was meant to be lived…with wisdom, understanding, sound judgment, discipline, and the fear of the Lord (a healthy fear, that is).

And one thing before I close off – discipline is even found in the creation of planet Earth. Get a load of verse 29 – I was there when he set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries. Just imagine living on a planet where the oceans could do what they want and go where they want! Scary, eh?

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Solomon’s Challenge

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Chapter 1

Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise.                                                                                                           Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair.

Day one, and here I am writing at 8:10pm.  What’s going on?  Yesterday I made a list of things I needed to get done today and I’ve just finished up now, and the last thing on my list is to write the blog.  Sure, it could have been the first thing, but somehow it made it to last place.  My intention is to write this at the beginning of every day.  Maybe what I’m lacking is discipline, which is exactly what caught my eye from the first chapter of Solomon’s proverbs.

Did you happen to notice that in verse two, the purpose of these proverbs is to “teach people wisdom and discipline, and then in verse three, the “purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives.”  Me thinks that discipline is sort of on the top of the list for Solomon!

I know a bit about discipline from my former career as a police officer.  The months of training was all about discipline…day in and day out!  Discipline is about putting structure in the areas of your life that develop maturity and character.  One area that I’ve become quite disciplined in is working out.  I workout approximately six days per week.  Not bad for an old fella!  And you know what did it for me?   On the first DVD (yes I workout at home with DVD’s) the trainer, Tony Horton, commented on the challenge of sticking with the program.  He said, “Get it out of your head.  Just show up and push play, and eventually you’ll get there.”  That stuck for me because I knew that there would be days when the last thing I wanted to do was workout.  When those days came, Tony’s words came to mind and I hauled my butt to the rec room, stuck in the DVD and pushed play.  And then something happened – working out became a part of my life, and the benefits have paid off handsomely!

How’s the discipline in your own life going these days?  Examine your life and if there are areas that are weak or need some growing, I would invite you to accept Solomon’s challenge to embrace wisdom and discipline.  Make it a part of your life every day, and I guarantee that you’ll see the change you’re looking for.  Until tomorrow…