Wisdom Calls Out

In Your Bible: Proverbs 8

In Chapter 8 Solomon presents a powerful and thought provoking theme which seems difficult to understand. The pronouns “I” or “me” (used 25 times in this chapter alone) reveal that Wisdom is Jesus Christ calling to mankind. Believers must search for, find, and follow Jesus for true abundant living.

I, Wisdom

Jesus, through Solomon, pleads for his reader to choose his instruction, the only right choice for man! The world shows us to go after wealth and success. We need God’s instruction, aka Wisdom/Jesus, to make the best choices in life.

Choose my instruction rather than silver,
    and knowledge rather than pure gold.
For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies.
    Nothing you desire can compare with it.

I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment.
    I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.
All who fear the Lord will hate evil.
    Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance,
    corruption and perverse speech.
Common sense and success belong to me.
    Insight and strength are min (Proverbs 8:10-14 NLT).

Find Me

God declares through Solomon how our relationship with the ruler of the universe is to be. It’s made specific in verse 17 –  I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me. To me this says, God wants all of mankind to know and love him, for he offers us everything!

Because of me, kings reign,
    and rulers make just decrees.
Rulers lead with my help,
    and nobles make righteous judgements.

17 I love all who love me.
    Those who search will surely find me.
I have riches and honor,
as well as enduring wealth and justice.
My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold,
    my wages better than sterling silver!
I walk in righteousness,
    in paths of justice.
Those who love me inherit wealth.
    I will fill their treasuries (Proverbs 8: 15-21 NLT).

Here the personification of wisdom, the parallels and analogies made to Jesus are powerful. * Now, praise the Father for his provision, Jesus Christ. Believers must search for, find, and follow Jesus for true abundant living.

Prayer: Father, I believe in and trust you. Help me understand yur instructions throughout the Bible. I answer your call. Selah.

* Chuck Smith, Proverbs 8, Blueletterbible.com.

When Jesus Says, “If You Love Me”

Jesus said, “People must love me enough to do what I say. Then my Father will love them and we will come live with them” (Eyewitness John 14:21).

Eyewitness: pp. 224,226
In Your Bible: John 3:16; John Chapters 13 and 14

This is the season for romantic love or friendly love. But today we will focus on God’s love.


Jesus brought captivating “Good News.” Because people had not heard that God loved them, the disciples and early followers, took almost three years to grasp the strength and impact of this message.

God So Loved

Most people hear John 3:16 before they become believers. This verse shows how much God loves mankind. Only God can give agape love. For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him will not die, but live forever (Eyewitness John 3:16).

* Vine’s Expository on New Testament Words, says this:
Agapao love as used of God, expresses a deep and constant love and interest of a perfect Being towards entirely unworthy objects, producing and fostering a reverential love towards the Giver.

Near the end of Jesus’ ministry, he taught and demonstrated many important things to the inner circle of disciples (John Chapter 13).

  • Jesus washed the disciples feet – modeled serving.
  • Had his last supper with them – celebrating commitment for his return.
  • Told them he was going away to the Father – but would return.
  • Gave a new commandment – love one another.

Philip seemed confused, so Jesus replied, “Don’t you know that I am the in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not due to my own initiative. The Father lives within me and does his work through me. Believe in me when I say I am in the Father…..” (Eyewitness John 14:10,11).

How to Show Love for the Father

There is a direct tie between listening to Jesus and obeying what he says. Jesus explained what the believer gains:

  • If you love me, you’ll be happy for me that I go to the Father – He’s greater than I am.
  • If you love me, you will do what I tell you to do.
  • If you obey my instructions, you show your love for the Father.

How can we miss this? We should listen and do it all.

Application: Jesus pointed the way to please the Father. Jesus also gave followers the key – believe in him, rely on him, and trust him. Listen to him when he says, “If you love me,” there is more to follow.

Prayer: Father, thank you for Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We know he pleases you, help me to listen and do what he says. I want to please you too.

Question: Do you struggle with Jesus’ teaching? Keep my commands. Love one another. Believe in me. Listen to me. Show you love for me. prove your love for the Father. If we do not abide in him the struggle will go on. How do we abide in him and live in him?

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* An Expository of New Testament Words, Vol 3, W.E. Vine, Fleming H. Revell Company, Old Tappan, New Jersey USA, Love pp. 20-22.