Main Text: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 (Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15)
On this Father’s Day, this reading from Proverbs is about the Father’s works in creation. God’s wisdom and will were imbued into the creation from the very beginning. In these passages’ wisdom is speaking for herself as following God’s direction and delighting in God’s creation as it was meant to be from the beginning. Many times, we find ourselves focusing on the end of things rather than the beginning. We forget that God’s labor of love began long before our labors, and God is still working today. This reading from Romans reminds us that it is foolish simply to suffer. Suffering that produces is God’s continued work. Jesus reminds the disciples of God’s continued work through the Spirit to guide us into all truth. Wisdom reveals that God was more concerned about how things related and worked together than the actual substance itself. At the beginning of His work, before anything else was created, God created wisdom. Wisdom now calls out from the creation to remind us how it was meant to be and will be again through Jesus Christ. When God created the heavens and the earth, do you believe that there was enough for everyone? What then does wisdom call us to do when our concern is more about having enough than using what we have so that there is enough for all? What is wisdom calling us to pay attention to and participate in that God intended from the beginning of his work? May we listen to God’s wisdom crying out in our lives and world and then live God’s love as the Spirit gives us ability.