Pilgrim: I was reading Proverbs and discovered something I never noticed before.
Monk: I enjoy hearing about how the Spirit reveals truths through Scripture. What did you find?
Pilgrim: The writer characterizes Wisdom as a lady. It’s so odd to think of wisdom as an actual person.
Monk: What chapter were you reading?
Pilgrim: Proverbs eight.
Monk: That is a wonderful passage of Scripture. We learn so much about her there.
Pilgrim: Do you really think of Wisdom as a lady?
Monk: I do. Wisdom is someone you should walk with through life. She is an excellent companion.
Pilgrim: That seems counterintuitive to me. Shouldn’t we walk with God?
Monk: Why walk only with God when others can also share in your journey? Lady Wisdom will always guide you in the way of our Lord.
Pilgrim: I hadn’t thought of that before.
Monk: Consider how special she is. According to the chapter you read, Wisdom was created by God before he created anything else.
Pilgrim: She’s ancient. But is it polite to talk about a lady’s age?
Monk: I enjoy your wit, Pilgrim. Not only does she come before the creation, she tells us she is the architect of creation.
Pilgrim: Does this mean the laws of nature are wise?
Monk: There is great wisdom to the order of the universe. Some scientists refer to it as ‘intelligent design’. I know her name as Lady Wisdom.
Pilgrim: But she’s not a god to be worshipped, right?
Monk: Correct, Pilgrim. She is a creation. In order to know her, however, you must know her Creator. Earlier in the book of Proverbs we learn that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.
Pilgrim: If that’s true, then it’s impossible to know Wisdom without first having a relationship with God.
Monk: Excellent observation. Knowing Wisdom also introduces us to good judgment, knowledge and discernment. That is also mentioned in the same chapter.
Pilgrim: It seems like the benefits of knowing her are numerous.
Monk: They also come at a cost. If you walk with Lady Wisdom, you must move against the flow of the world. You will face opposition and hostility.
Pilgrim: But the benefits outweigh the costs.
Monk: Absolutely. I just do not want you to be misinformed.
Pilgrim: That’s fair. You know, I always thought of wisdom as something to possess. It never occurred to me she could be a companion.
Monk: She is a remarkable lady. I am privileged to know her.
Pilgrim: How do I meet her?
Monk: That is an important question. You ask the Lord for an introduction. He will faithfully oblige.
Pilgrim: Monk, you have a way of making my head spin.
Monk: I will take that as a compliment.
Pilgrim: Please do.