Liz Roberson



Lady Wisdom

I was blessed by this passage this morning and I thought I'd share:

Proverbs 8:22-35, Lady Wisdom speaking:

The Eternal created me; it happened when His work was beginning,
        one of His first acts long ago.
Before time He established me,
        before the earth saw its first sunrise.
I was born before the deep existed,
        before any springs poured out their water,
Before the mountains were placed on their foundations,
        before the hills rolled across the land
        yes, before all this, I was brought forth.
When the earth was yet unformed and the fields were not yet nestled beneath the wind
        even before the first dust of the earth—
When He created the heavens, I was there.
        When He drew a circle in the deep, dividing the oceans and the sky, I was there.
I was there when He established the sky.
        I was there when the springs in the deep were fortified;
I witnessed Him lay down the shore as a boundary
        and put limits on the water
    And determine the foundations of the earth.
All this time I was close beside Him, a master craftsman.
        Every day I was His delightful companion,
        celebrating every minute in His presence,
Elated by the world He was making and all its fine creatures;
    I was especially pleased with humanity.

So now listen to me, my children:
        those who live by my ways will find true happiness.
Pay attention to my guidance, dare to be wise,
        and don’t disregard my teachings.
The one who listens to me,
        who carefully seeks me in everyday things
        and delays action until my way is apparent, that one will find true happiness.
For when he recognizes and follows me, he finds a peaceful and satisfying life
        and receives favor from the Eternal.

What a beautiful passage, isn't it? Lady Wisdom, who had witnessed even the most beautiful of creation as it came into being, was especially pleased with humanity. Wow.

I try to read a Proverb and a Psalm every single day aside from other interesting bible studies. But sometimes, reading Proverbs induces this feeling of inadequacy in me. As though I'm not measuring up. Because the truth is...I don't. It's good for me to know that I don't measure up and that I need Jesus. The not-so-good part is when there is shame or defeat attached to such truth.

But usually when those feelings creep up, it's because I have disregarded the voice of Lady Wisdom as I'm reading. This is a very big deal, because if God's commands and disciplines are not read through that filter, defeat and not victory is the result.

When read with this filter of wisdom, however, the Proverbs become something entirely different. They are hope-filled words. They are uplifting as they were meant to be...raising us to a new level of living, REALLY living.

Wisdom's goal is never to shame or make us feel inadequate. Her goal is to give us a peaceful and satisfying life. Happiness follows her presence in our lives.

And we must remember...the goal was NEVER meant to be perfection. That was Satan's first mistake, remember? To be like God. We destroy ourselves when being perfect is our focus.

Our purpose is to grow in our relationship with God. To seek His ways more and more. Growth. Progress...not perfection. PROGRESS. Not perfection.

This thought has set me free in the last several years. And as I have tuned my ear to listen to the voice of Wisdom, when I fail or when I don't quite measure up to a standard I've placed before myself, I hear her voice. It's progress. You're making progress. Keep going. Do the next thing. You are a masterpiece in progress.

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