Proverbs 8 is unique, as it continues with the personification of Woman Wisdom (as it does in chapter 1) for almost its entirety. While this may seem odd to Western readers, Wisdom is able to speak from a standpoint of experience and compassion. The Proverbs aren't meant to be read as a set of rigid instructions, but rather with an understanding that its words are the goal for which we strive because they simply make sense for the lives of those who adhere to Wisdom.

Verse 13 is a great example of this. "All who fear the Lord will hate evil" is a commendable goal, but how many of us dabble in sin here and there on a daily basis? Of course, we all do. Does that lack of perfection disqualify us from grace of God? Of course it doesn't. Yet the principle remains intact: those who fear the Lord should hate evil. Wisdom spurs on Christians to continue drawing closer to their Creator, and farther away from evil. Wisdom's voice sets the target for which we are to aim.

How might the "common sense" mentioned in verse 14 affect your spiritual life today? How might the application of wisdom and common sense affect the lives of those around you? Wisdom is not simply relegated to our spiritual walks, but should be applied with our families, friends, jobs, finances, and decisions.

34 Joyful are those who listen to me,
watching for me daily at my gates,
waiting for me outside my home!
35 For whoever finds me finds life
and receives favor from the Lord.
— Proverbs 8:34 -35

 

Pray that today you find and use wisdom as you make decisions and interact with others.

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