Lesson Title: WISDOM’S PART IN CREATION
Printed Text: PROVERBS 8:22-35
Key Verse: Proverbs 8:33 (NIV)
Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary 2011
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People appreciate wisdom and yearn for a depth of wisdom for themselves and others. What is the root of this longing for wisdom? The writer of the book of Proverbs speaks about Wisdom’s having a divine origin, being present as God created all things, and having a role with God in Creation.
Wisdom has been defined as “the ability to use the best means at the best time to accomplish the best end.” It means taking what you have and making the best use of whatever that may be. It means considering the needs of the community to bring about the greatest good for the poor and suffering persons around us.
To love wisdom is to make oneself available to be a lifelong learner. This is what it means to resist “ignoring” wisdom’s instruction. One who pursues wisdom can never assume that he or she has learned it all. Being open to learning makes wisdom more accessible—because a closed mind, like a closed mouth, is unable to receive. Wisdom, like love, becomes much more valuable when it is shared with others who are in need.
Wisdom (Greek) – This term is akin to a term that means “clear.”
Dear God, we thank You for the wisdom that gives us the power to be creative vessels of knowledge and understanding, who work together to strengthen Your church and community. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen