Many and most of us have always had that ‘What is the secret to life?’ question burning almost continually through our subconscious minds.
Following from earlier in chapter 3 of Proverbs, tree of life meaning and verse 2 specifically, comes a description of ‘true wealth’ in verses 13-18. There is hardly a more reassuring message in the rest of the Bible so far as our whole lives are concerned and it is personified Woman Wisdom who carries the refrain for our acquisition and possession; to “lay hold of her”.
Woman Wisdom – Giver of the True Wealth for Lif
“Happy” in this version above means “blessed”. Blessed are they – with true wealth for life, which is spiritual – who go to and with Wisdom, the personified woman.
Perhaps we can see here that “life,” so far as the Old Testament Scripture is concerned, is more about the quality or fullness of life from the spiritual standpoint than the actuality of physical life and death.
Which of us has perhaps not known the purest of girls, full in the esteem of moral virtue and basically beyond temptation, or a mature married woman fit completely for the tasks of life?
Suddenly an image of a face or two springs to light in our minds.
Woman Wisdom is not hard to picture, then, as the personification of perhaps the most intrinsic aspect of God. Why wisdom is personified we do not know, but it is clear that of either gender to select, femininity is possibly most naturally like God by nature. For instance, females are less inherently competitively driven, ambitious and covetous than men are – as a sweeping generalisation (which I’m usually loath to make).
Not unlike Proverbs 3:1-12, this section also beckons upon meditation. As we ruminate upon the words, our souls are seasoned in and through the grace and peace of God, and this infiltrates the very sinews of our spiritual core-to the function of our ongoing spiritual and life focus.