Read Proverbs 8
Focus on verse 22-23
Typically when we use this metaphor, it is somewhat of an exaggeration, unless of course we are talking about some man made hills. No one living today is truly as old as the hills, which have been around for centuries. Then again, in places like Florida, or the Red River Valley of south central Canada, we don’t know what hills are since there aren’t any!
Wisdom on the other hand literally is as old as the hills, or at least so it would seem. In describing wisdom the writer of Proverbs writes;
The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of old.
Ages ago I was set up,
at the first before the beginning of the earth.
It would seem then, that wisdom was present with God before the creation of the universe. It would further make sense that wisdom was not only present but involved in the process of creation as becomes evident in the intricate balance of the way the universe has been designed. To design and build something as complex as even just a small portion of the universe would take more wisdom than all the wisdom of all humanity combined.
Amazingly, this is the wisdom that the Lord invites us to pursue as if it were hidden treasure. This is the wisdom that is worth more than gold or precious gems. The Apostle James writes to the churches of the New Testament times encouraging anyone who lacks wisdom to ask God who will give generously to those who ask in faith. (James 1:5-6)
It would seem that God desires for us to acquire and use the wisdom that only He offers us. What is astounds me is how few of us seem eager to pursue it.