Sophia is the Greek name for Wisdom.
In the Proverbs Wisdom is word-pictured as a woman, talking to us. She
tells us a good bit about herself.
"The Lord created me the beginning of His ways for His works. He
established me before the eons in the beginning, before He made the
earth---before He made the abyss---before the fountains of water came
forth---before the mountains were settled, and before all hills, He
She goes on to say that when He prepared the heaven she was with Him,
and when He strengthened the clouds above, when He secured the fountains
of the earth, etc. She was with Him, arranging all. He took delight in
her, and she rejoiced in Him.
The passage, personifying Wisdom, is quite interesting.
When we act with wisdom we make the very highest and best use of
knowledge. We may know things, but using that knowledge to the best
advantage---that is wisdom.
All that God does is done with wisdom. He makes the very highest and
best use of what He knows. He never acts foolishly.
Wisdom marked the very beginning of His ways. When He started to build
the universe He acted wisely, and every step was with wisdom. There was
nothing that could have been done in a better way.
No one knows the length of time employed in creating the heaven and the
earth. But it is certain that God did not make it out of nothing, as is
sometimes supposed. Paul says that all is out of God. Every part of the
universe was made out of God.
The language of our text is largely figurative. But it gives an idea,
suited to our mentality, of the steps taken in creating the earth. One
thing is outstanding---God acted with wisdom in every step.
Not only was Wisdom the guiding principle in the creation, but it is
also paramount in the operation of the universe. This is true, not
merely in the movement of the planets, but also in the plentiful supply
of every kind, that may be converted into tangible and usable provision.
I have said that faith plays a big part in such conversion. Faith is
that mental and spiritual power that enables us to reach God and use
what He has made for us.
There is always plenty of food and other supplies to take care of human
needs. Yet, not all humans get their part. This is due to the lack of
wisdom on the part of man---it does not denote any lack on God's part.
There is plenty for need; there is not enough for greed. If man had the
wisdom necessary the whole human family would be fed and clothed. But
greed is not in line with wisdom.
Wisdom had plenty of health in the universe. Intelligence is universal.
Every provision is made. But the lack of enjoying this provision is due
to the unwisdom of man.
It was not a lack of wisdom on the part of God that caused Him to make
man so he would miss the mark. There is to be a perfect creation, in
which will be no missing. The present one must know the pain of going
astray, so as to fully appreciate the good that God has for mankind in
the future. But, while the present creation is marred from the viewpoint
of man, it must never be so from God's viewpoint; so, at the disruption
of the world---when missing the mark began---He regarded Christ as
already slain. He had been purposed before the times of the ages, and
now God could reckon His blood as shed---He was a Lamb slain from the
disruption---and, although His blood was not actually shed until much
later, yet God was able to look upon every man as perfect in Christ,
even though, in themselves, they were missers. This is why Paul could
say that he was presenting every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
In order that His Son should receive all honor, God has made Him Wisdom
to us. This is in the matter of salvation from missing the mark. No man
is wise enough---nor CAN be---to keep from missing the mark; so Christ,
Who rescues us, is wise for us. As a matter of fact, every human missed
the mark when Adam missed it. We do not have the wisdom to enable us to
get on the road. Christ is made Wisdom, Righteousness, Holiness and
Deliverance for us.
But I see no reason why believers might not obtain some wisdom as to the
manner of their lives. since they are in touch with God, through Christ,
why should they not imbibe some of His wisdom? And, as a matter of fact,
all mankind is regarded as perfect in Christ, whether or not they know
it, and I see no reason why all might not act wisely to some extent, as
regards their living here and now.
Sophis, or Wisdom, is calling to all---talking to all. She is on lofty
eminences and stands in the midst of the ways. She is available to all.
If we don't learn wisdom in one way, we should in another---either by
oral teaching, or by reading, or by experience. She speaks truth, and
declares right things. What she says is evident to those who are able to
Sophia says that it is she who enables kings to reign acceptable, and
chiefs to do justice. There have been wise rulers; they were actuated by
the spirit of Wisdom.
Blessed is the human who hearkens to her, and keep her ways. Many ills
and troubles might be by-passed by such an attitude.
Much of our sickness is due to unwise thinking and doing. We bring many
pains on ourselves, not only as regards bodily suffering, but also as to
our suffering in spirit. How foolish it is to continue to do that which
we know will cause deep regret. Regret means dissatisfaction and that
brings much trouble, not only to our spirit, but also it invites bodily
By foolish thinking, and by unwisely letting our emotions become upset,
we have much trouble ahead.
It is easy to convince people that unwise eating and drinking bring
disease. But it is hard for them to realize that unwise thinking does
the same. And this in spite of the fact that the scriptures say that a
merry heart does good like a medicine. To go about life in a depressed
state of mind, and with dark forebodings, is the very thing necessary to
bring on ills. It is unwise, when the universe is so beautiful, and
there are so many things for which to be thankful.
Recently I had an experience of this. I had to seek surgical help for a
stone that was lodged and could not pass. I was determined to not say I
was sick. To me, that is a poisonous word. I did not fight against my
condition. I maintained that I was well, and I WAS well. I did not
suffer. I refused to fight against my environment. I had to stay away
from home almost a month, and in a hospital for ten days, yet I was
happy, contented, and engaged all the while in trying to do something
for others. What relief in forgetting to be sorry for myself, and in
ministering for others who were in much worse condition. My days in the
hospital were mostly spent in ministering the word to other patients.
One of the nurses asked me how I could be so cheerful. I told her that,
in the first place, a hundred people were praying for me---and these
included my wife, my children and my grandchildren---and in the second
place, I was, as always, expecting the best---never thinking that
anything very bad was going to come to me. I know it is part of the
wisdom to always expect the best.
Wisdom dictates that while we are making money, as many have been doing,
making more than ever before in their lives, we should save part of it.
The opposite was true of many whom I know. Although they made more money
in a day than they formerly made in a week, they had no more saved than
was the case when they were making less. the inevitable "rainy day"
came, and they were frantic. No job! No money!
Wisdom would dictate that such a condition be taken to the Lord in
prayer. Instead, there was worry and headache. Despair filled many a
No wonder Wisdom says that those who hate her love death! When we
disdain to love her words, everything worth while dies, and our
existence is dreary, indeed.
Yes, Wisdom is crying to the sons of humanity. Will they listen?