Prayer for the day
Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us, as we have put our trust in you.
Scripture for the day
In yesterday’s reading, Paul was keen to use the language of scent to speak of the glory of God. In today’s reading, Paul shifts his focus and uses instead the language of the eyes. Paul borrows a page from the First Testament when he speaks of the glory of the Lord shining through the face of Moses after he descended Mount Sinai. Moses’ face was so bright after this experience, so full of the glory of God, that he had to use a veil to cover up his face in order that the Israelites would be able to look upon him.
Paul says that this was done so that the Israelites would be preserved from seeing the passing away of the glory of God in his face as it faded. Now (in Paul’s time) things have changed. Now the faces of those who have been enlivened by the Spirit of God have had the veil removed by Christ. Now, says Paul, the glory of God shines through us.
The writer of Proverbs has a lot to say about the lady Wisdom, and much of what he says concerns the person who actively seeks her and finds her. This person, says the writer, is someone who has chosen life, someone who has chosen to follow God in the things of God, someone who seeks God.
Wisdom, says the writer, invites the simple to partake of her insight, to be wise in the ways of God. And wisdom in God’s ways leads to the simple glowing with the glory of God.
The connection is simple: Following Jesus in embracing God’s wisdom makes us aromatic and shiny, metaphorically. We smell of the wisdom of God and glow with his Glory! Be smelly and shiny!