“For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness.” (Wisdom of Solomon 7:26)
I was reminded recently of the Myers-Briggs personality test. I took it a good many years ago, when it was in vogue, but I do not remember exactly what my personality was. I suspect it was Introvert-I[N]itiate-Feeling-Judging; I wanted to be “Perceiving” but as I have aged I realize that “Judging” is more accurate. I could, I suppose, take it again. But, after reading up on the test as a whole and remembering my experience of taking it – I do not think that would be wise. I found myself seeing both sides of each question, and seeing my self choosing one or the other response depending on the situation. Hence, “Judging”. It is wisdom, however, to know one’s self. Even more so to know and recognize the Divine. And to recognize the wisdom of, in, & from the Divine – priceless!
“Although she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets; for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.” (Verses 27 – 28)
In search for commentaries on the book, Wisdom of Solomon, I did not find much. What I did find said that “Wisdom” never portrayed as being separate from the Lord God. In other portions of the bible, Wisdom is seen as a separate entity. And carries out actions that are not tied to the works of the Lord God Yahweh. So does this mean if one pursues pure and true wisdom, one seeks the Divine?
“She is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars. Compared with the light she is found to be superior, for it is succeeded by the night, but against wisdom evil does not prevail.” (Verses 29 – 30)
Maturity does not automatically confer wisdom; life experiences can teach us much, and we can gain wisdom. But at one’s age increases, wisdom does not automatically follow. Another thing to note is that evil cannot exist in wisdom; and wisdom does not aid or contribute to evil. So, what ever is evil has no wisdom to it. It seems apparent, then, that the Divine and Wisdom co-exist in each other. And if the Divine abides in us, we can learn and gain wisdom.
“She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and she orders all things well. “ (Chapter 8, Verse 1)
I started out talking about the Meyers-Briggs as a tool in knowing and understanding one’s self. And I say again, it is important to find out about yourself and how you interact and function in the world. Knowing who are you and how to be your best self is important. It was interesting to me that it was as a part of my beginning seminary classes that the Meyers-Briggs was introduced. I was aware of it before; but during the seminary class we studied it closely. And were invited to reflect upon it. There came a time though, that we set it aside and moved on to other considerations.
So too in the Christian life. There are the beginning facts, theorems, and theologies; but we move on to consider other aspects of the Christian life. And the more we consider, the more we come back to simple truths. Jesus was and is the Messiah, sent by the Divine who is the Creator of other things. The Divine loved us enough to bless us with the Aspect of the Divine called Jesus Christ. And we are admonished & exhorted to follow the path that Jesus the Messiah left for us. And in doing so we gain Wisdom as we become more closely aligned to the Divine. Selah!