Wisdom of God

Wisdom of God

This week we will be wrapping up our worship series, “The Breath to Sing.” It has been wonderful to focus on the Holy Spirit for a few weeks in our Sunday worship services. Pastor Winter said that she doesn’t think the Spirit gets enough “air time” in the church. (Which was actually hilarious, considering that “spirit” and “air” are the same word in both Hebrew and Greek.) So I hope this series was a “breath of fresh air” for the church. (See what I did there?)

In this series, we talked about how the Holy Spirit is the ongoing creative force within the church, and how the continual creation of the church is our evangelistic mission. We thought about how we sense the Spirit at work in the world as we witness movement toward a fuller and more inclusive love. We affirmed how the Spirit’s work is redemptive, exhuming and healing the wounds of the past for the sake of a healthier future. And we celebrated the creative power of the Spirit with a Sunday filled with music, dance, readings, and art that spoke a powerful message that the Spirit is alive and well and living in our midst.

The Spirit is Wisdom

To put an exclamation point on this Spirit-filled series, this Sunday we will think together about “Sophia,” the Wisdom of God. Proverbs 8 makes a theological claim that Sophia, or hokmah in the Hebrew, was present beside the Lord as a coworker in the creation of the world.

I can’t wait to dig into Proverbs chapter 8. It is filled with wonderful theological imagery. There is a clear connection between Sophia and the Holy Spirit. The Spirit calls to us today, as Sophia called out in creation. The Spirit moves toward fuller, deeper love, just as Sophia makes the love of God known through wise instruction. Listen!

Does not wisdom call,
    and does not understanding raise her voice?
On the heights, beside the way,
    at the crossroads she takes her stand;
beside the gates in front of the town,
    at the entrance of the portals she cries out:
“To you, O people, I call,
    and my cry is to all that live.”

What a perfect way to end a Holy Spirit series!