I have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills, I was brought forth; While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, Or the primal dust of the world. When He prepared the heavens, I was there, When He drew a circle on the face of the deep, - Proverbs 8.23-27
I just had to use this because I love the picture of wisdom as a person. This is such beautiful poetry that makes wisdom sound wonderful – which it is.
Wisdom has been around since before the beginning, since before God said ‘Let there be light.’ She was there before God laid out the oceans and mountains. He was there when it was just God and the great void. He was already there ‘in the beginning’ when ‘the earth was without form and void and darkness was over all’ and the Spirit of God hovered.
After reading the allure of sin in Proverbs 7 and then the draw of wisdom here one feels cheap and tawdry and the other has beauty and innocence and a draw that makes the other pale in comparison.
Remember who wisdom is. It has been with God since before the beginning and it is still there, unchanged, for us to pursue.