“then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.” vss. 30-31
According to this section of Proverbs Wisdom was the Father’s partner in the creation of the universe and produced an earth that was finely tuned and carefully ordered. Obviously the writer had deep respect for the intricacy and connectedness of the created world. It’s a feeling that many of us share. Regardless of our varying views of origins wherever we look we’re amazed at the way things fit together. There’s an interdependence that leaves us slack-jawed at its magnificence and wonder. In order for plants and animals to even exist there are hundreds of factors that need to be in perfect coordination. Some would say that the design is impossible apart from the Divine Presence…that this simply can’t be the result of a series of coincidences, that the beauty of a sunset can’t possibly be accidental. According to Proverbs Wisdom took great delight in the creation and rejoiced particularly in the human race. Some of us wonder now if her exultation might have been premature…that humans, who were intended to be the crown of creation, may turn out to be its greatest enemies and the agents of massive destruction. Perhaps Wisdom will hear the prayers of the concerned and lead us to embrace wisdom rather than foolishness in our care of the earth!
Thought for the Day: How is economic gain related to the care of the earth?