Names of God – Part 51
40 Blogs of Lent: 16
God is wisdom. At this point. It becomes less personal and runs off in the direction of philosophy. What I am trying to do in these blogs is to talk about how God legates to us personally and how we can relate to God.
Wisdom as a name of God can be found in what are called the wisdom literature of the Bible, the books of Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. The philosophy here is Eastern,and very different to what we have in the West. We really need to get into an Eastern way of thinking.
“Wisdom is calling out in the marketplace,” we read in Proverbs 1:20. God is not calling out to the people in universities and palaces, God is calling the people that you will find at the local shop, in the town centre, in the shopping mall. Ordinary people.
“He changes the times and seasons; He removes kings and establishes kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals the deep and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.” (Dan. 2:21-22)
God is the sum of wisdom and the source of wisdom to the extent that he can be said to be wisdom itself, or herself, as wisdom is a feminine word in Hebrew. God is calling to the foolish to give them wisdom if they will listen to her*, God is calling to people to save them from their own folly, to reject God is to reject wisdom. God’s call is the call of a mother telling her children not to play near the cliff edge, it is not to restrict their enjoyment but it is the voice of the one who loves them the most and wants the best for them.
God is calling you bestseller she wants the best for you.
*I have used a feminine pronoun for God after the usage in Proverbs chapter 1. I am not trying to be deliberately contentious.