Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
Hear! Will you listen? The most delightful and truest words are available – the grandest themes and perfect answers have been found – they are written down so you can have them forever. Will you interrupt your busy life chasing nothing to obtain incredible wisdom? Or are you so addicted and obsessed with the vanity and vexation of your existence that you cannot let go to do yourself a favor exceeding everything you know?
Wisdom is the sweetest sound on earth. Have you heard her? She calls you (Pr 8:1-5). She speaks only of excellent and right things (Pr 8:6). She loves truth and hates wickedness (Pr 8:7). Her every word is righteous, and she never speaks frowardly or perversely (Pr 8:8). Her lessons are all plain and right to those who fear and love God (Pr 8:9). She will give you great success in this world and guide you safely into the next.
Solomon personified wisdom as a lady, who invites you to receive her and blessings she brings (Pr 8:1-10). He continued the personification by detailing the great things that accompany her (Pr 8:11-21). Then he exalted her by showing her eternal existence with God (Pr 8:22-31). He concluded by stating her invitation again (Pr 8:32-36). What will you do with Lady Wisdom? She rightly does not take kindly to rejections (Pr 1:20-32).
The words of God’s mouth, the revelation of pure wisdom, were more precious to Job than his necessary meals (Job 23:12). David found those same words more valuable and rewarding than much fine gold and more pleasant than honey (Ps 19:10-11). Though a king, he made them his heritage forever, because they rejoiced his heart (Ps 119:111). The prophet Jeremiah also found them to be the joy and rejoicing of his heart (Jer 15:16).
Peter once followed Jesus into a high mountain with James and John. There he saw Jesus glorified and talking with Moses and Elijah (Matt 17:1-9). God the Father thundered from heaven to keep their attention and focus on His beloved Son. What an experience! Peter heard God’s words from heaven in the presence of earthly and heavenly witnesses. But he wrote later that written scripture is even more sure (II Pet 1:16-21). And he exhorted readers to do well by taking heed to the glorious words recorded in the Bible. Believe it!
How excellent are the words of the Bible? They tell about the origin of the heaven and the earth, all things in them, and your first parents. They tell about sin and the origin of death, which no scientist can explain. They tell of a Creator God that befriends men by His own gracious choice. They tell how to please Him and obtain His blessings in life. They tell what wonderful things are waiting in the next life for those that obey Him. The secrets of the universe are opened and explained to humble Bible readers (I Cor 2:6-16).
The Bible tells of the first sin with a promise attached of coming redemption by the first woman’s Son (Gen 3:15). It tells of Isaac finding Rebekah, Jacob loving Rachel, Joseph ruling Egypt, Moses leading Israel out, David killing Goliath, Jesus being born to a virgin named Mary, His death on the cross for the sins of His people, and His resurrection from the grave and ascension into heaven. These things are a great mystery (I Tim 3:16)! They are completely unknown to all the world’s educators, philosophers, and scientists.
The Bible is the only source of ancient history, and it has the greatest poetry from the best human heart in the book of Psalms. It has the finest wisdom from the wisest King in the pithy sayings of Proverbs. It summarizes the greatest philosophical experiments in Ecclesiastes, and it presents the most passionate romance in the Song of Solomon. But the gospels and epistles describe the transcendent drama of the only true God adopting some men and women from rebellion and condemnation to be His sons and daughters!
Or would you rather hear some of this world’s filth? How about Carl Sagan’s egotistical ravings about origins? Or do you prefer the demented hallucinations of Charles Darwin? Will you warm yourself with a romantic song from Elton John about his lover Daniel? Or do you prefer Michael Jackson promising to be there for you? Should we seek among Rome’s pantheon of gods for a story that compares to the Bible? Or does knowing those gods were the results of ignorance and drinking too much wine rightly dull your interest?
Do you desire right things? Wisdom has them for you. She only speaks right things! The Bible teaches the value of human life by demanding capital punishment for murder (Gen 9:4-7). It condemns bitterness or treachery of a husband toward his wife and expects him to be overwhelmed by her lovemaking and childbearing (Pr 5:19; Col 3:19; Mal 2:10-16). It condemns drunkenness, but commends wine to cheer the heart of man; it condemns gluttony, but commends feasting as an act of worship to God (Deut 14:26; Neh 8:9-12).
It teaches men to work hard, wives to submit, children to obey, masters to be just and equal, servants to not answer back, citizens to pay taxes, and rulers to remember their Ruler! It endorses gracious speech, kindness to animals, support for the poor, saving money, careful sanitation, modest clothing on women, and honor to old parents. It condemns odious women, religious hypocrisy, sexual defrauding, backbiting and talebearing, abortion, gambling, religious moneymaking, and sarcastic jesting.
The Bible defines love in the most exquisite and thorough sentence ever composed (I Cor 13:4-7). It personifies wisdom as a delightful woman in an appealing and powerful way (Pr 8:1-36). It describes in detail the loftiest ideal of womanhood (Pr 31:10-31). It proves, explains, and promises resurrection of dead bodies (I Cor 15:1-58). It tells of two sinners that found total mercy and forgiveness at Jesus’ feet and side (Luke 7:36-50; 23:39-43).
The Christian scriptures explain the drama behind the existence of the universe, present the most sublime themes man’s mind can comprehend, yet record the heinous sins of its most esteemed characters. They provide the instruction and motivation for altruistic lives and define the causes and cures for individual wickedness and the decline of nations. The origin, factors, and end of evil are fully identified with great promises of future hope. They reveal the nature and ambitions of angelic activity affecting heaven and earth.
The future of the universe is foretold with a timeline showing it near the end of its present form. The heavens and earth will soon melt with fervent heat, when Almighty God sends His Son to judge every human ever conceived, and His chosen from among men will inherit the universe, which will be radically restored to its original purity. Such things are as far beyond the best think tanks of Oxford or Columbia as light is beyond darkness.
Lady Wisdom offers you the incredible divine library of scripture, containing sixty-six books, which employ every literary genre you need or truly desire, with the emphasis on instruction, knowledge, understanding, and wisdom for your success before God and men. Will you hear? Why will you defraud yourself of truth and wisdom? What is so important in your life that you cannot or will not pursue her as your highest ambition?
But above all the Bible tells about the most glorious, successful, and kind Prince the world has never imagined, even the Lord Jesus Christ, the beloved King and Saviour of His people (Ps 45:1-17; Song 5:9-16; I Tim 6:13-16; Rev 5:1-14; 19:11-16). From the beginning of the Bible to the end, the Scriptures bear testimony to this most glorious Man ever – Jesus the Son of God (Gen 3:15; John 5:39; I John 4:1-6; 5:5-13; Rev 22:20-21).
What are you doing with Lady Wisdom? Is your Bible collecting dust on the nightstand? Is it a pain for you to struggle through a chapter a day? If you resent the wisdom of God’s word, you must love death (Pr 8:36). If you love her, you will find her and much more (Pr 8:11,17-18). You are blessed to have read this proverb today, for you are offered excellent things and right things kept secret from many generations (Matt 13:16-17).