“The Proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
To know wisdom and instruction;
to perceive the words of understanding;”
Proverbs fills its pages with practical principles instructing us in the art of “skillful living”. The Hebrew word for wisdom means skillful as an art. Proverb teaches us the most fundamental skill of all: living righteously before God in every area of life. But we cannot do this out of our own wisdom, we don’t have the skill nor discipline. We need the wisdom of Jesus Christ. He is the Artist with the power and the skill to take something marred and broken and turn it into something beautiful.
Jesus God’s wisdom in a human body.
“And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said,
Whence hath this man this wisdom,
and these mighty works?”
“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks,
Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”
1 Corinthians 1:23,25.
“… In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
The scriptures tell us of Christ’s wisdom and also show us the same, beginning with creation. Out of nothing He created a world of beauty, order, and abundance.
“The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way,
before his works of old.
I was set up from everlasting,
from the beginning, or ever the earth was.”
“For by him(Jesus) were all things created,
that are in heaven, and that are in earth,
visible and invisible,
whether they be thrones, or dominions,
or principalities, or powers:
all things were created by him, and for him:
And he is before all things,
and by him all things consist.”
Jesus is the skillful artist, destroying the marred vessel of death and molding it in life.
“For whoso findeth me findeth life,
and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul:
all they that hate me love death.”
“Jesus said unto her,
I am the resurrection, and the life:
he that believeth in me though he were dead,
yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
Believest thou this?”
“Verily, verily, I say unto you,
He that heareth my word,
and believeth on him that sent me,
hath everlasting life,
and shall not come into condemnation:
but is passed from death unto life…
The hour is coming, and now is,
when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God
and they that hear shall live.”
Jesus covers a canvas of shame with His glory.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
“and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands: Saying with a loud voice,
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power, and riches,
and wisdom, and strength,
and honour, and glory, and blessing.”
In His infinite wisdom, God through Christ skillfully takes our marred image and molds each believer into the glorious image of His dear Son.
“This is the book of the generations of Adam.
In the day that God created man,
in the likeness of God made he him…
And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years,
and begat a son in his own likeness,
after his image:
and called his name Seth:”
Adam’s sin marred the image of God in him as it did each one born after him. Death had entered the world.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born again,
he cannot see the kingdom of God…
Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit,
he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh;
and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
Jesus restores the image of God in those who believe.
“And as we have borne the image of the earthy,
we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”
1 Corinthians 15:49.
For we can say with the apostle Paul,
“I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
In Christ we are free to live life skillfully articulated by His wisdom.
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus,
who of God is made unto us wisdom…
we have the mind of Christ.”
1 Corinthians 1:30a; 2:16b.
Wisdom is crying for someone to hear.
“Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children:
for blessed are they that keep my ways.
Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
Blessed is the man that heareth me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting at the posts of my doors.”
“And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying,
This is my beloved Son:
Do you desire to live life skillfully as a work of art? The Father wants to be your artist. He has designed a beautiful life for His children and it begins when we hear His voice.
What do you believe makes a beautiful life?