The Hebrew word translated as ‘proverb’ occurs in Numbers (23:7,18) as ‘message’ and Ezekiel (17:2) as ‘parable’.
The book of Proverbs is generally referred to as the book of wisdom, and this wisdom generally take the form of short statements which are easily to remembered by the reader.
Many of the proverbs show a result of actions taken and often are written as command.
Others are given in metaphors, and others use direct comparisons.
The sequence which Proverbs 8 falls into is generally regarded as a Father’s invitation to make wisdom, and the pursuit of it, central to your everyday life.
It asserts that wisdom is for everyone – blessed the man, blessed the woman.
As in many other places in the Bible, the reader is encouraged to listen to God and be alert and responsive.
Just as we rise and begin work, so does God – as I start my day’s work.
You may have said this yourself, but I am sure you will have heard this phrase said if not, ‘I’m not really a morning person’?
This verse in Proverbs 8 sets the beginning of each day as the most important time of the day to be with God.
A lot of modern living advice encourages you to leave your mobile phone in another room when you go to be, so it isn’t a distraction as you go to sleep, or the first thing you grab when you wake up.
Personally, I use my mobile for an alarm and I use YouVersion Bible app, and a couple of meditation prayer apps, like Presence and Pray as You Go.
So when the alarm goes I switch onto God’s word or pray first thing – I also then check the news and have been know to doze back off during prayer – which are the less intended consequences of having everything on my Mobile.
God tells us, through Solomon, that we should be awake and ready, but more importantly alert and responsive.
We need to wake up and be ready for me – be ready for God.
Often morning rituals are to prepare us for the day ahead.
God tells us our morning ritual should be about focusing ourselves on Him.
We should listen for Him – He may be with us as a voice, or as music, or in the chatter of the birds, or the blowing of the wind.
Get awake and ready, to hear God’s voice.
Be alert and responsive – pay attention and act upon that which we hear from God.
As God starts His day’s work.
This phrasing is reminiscent of the beginning of Genesis, but importantly it reminds us that God didn’t stop when he got to the Sabbath day.
God still works everyday, just as we work each day.
We need to be ready to listen and be reactive, acting upon God’s words and signs for our lives and the lives of others we come into contact with.