Bible - Proverbs 8.1-4, 22-31;
Seeking Wisdom, Found by Grace
Today we seek wisdom on the internet - Proverbs sends us to the marketplace, decision making place, places where people interact.
Trinity Sunday helps us explore the Nature of God as wisdom - logos of John’s gospel, making of creeds “We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son].” - Debbie Blue suggests that “Wisdom is birthed by God and nursed by God. The word in verse 30 often translated “master workman” is enigmatic. Was she beside God like a “master workman” or, instead, a nursling? Considering the other birth imagery here; according to some, a better translation is “little child.” Nursling. That’s not God with some worker guy at God’s side drawing blueprints, getting out the hammer and nails, measuring stuff—that’s more like God with little Wisdom at God’s breast, God trying to nurse a baby in one arm and create the world with the other. I like the image.”
Wisdom is not “made” by God - but comes from God, is part of God is of the essence of God ...
In Romans the nature of God is grace - through Jesus - we are found by Grace - it is through Grace that God comes to us, God is revealed to us, God loves and cares for this creation - whatever our knowledge or wisdom God loves us, whether we understand every philosophical theological argument there has ever been about the nature of God or stand there shrugging our shoulders - God loves us - we are found by Grace and discover wisdom - that is the nature of God.
World needs God’s grace and God’s wisdom - What has wisdom to say to the world today? Read your newspapers, watch the news and ponder what she has to say - she was there at creation - so how does she feel about our stewardship of this planet? She delights in people - what does she say in the face of poverty, starvation, greed, violence, fear? She is out on the street in the place where decisions are made - what does she have to say on the G8, Iraq, Palestine, security concerns? She remembers her childhood - what does she have to say to parents missing children, to children orphaned by poverty & slavery, to those who take childhood away through war in some places and through consumer pressures in others?
Perhaps this is where wisdom is ...
“This is where I am” - Henderson (see page 7)