“Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city, ‘Let all who are simple come to my house!’ To those who have no sense she says, ‘Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight.’” Proverbs 9:1-6
In this passage wisdom is the preparer of the house, the hostess for a grand meal. She sends out an invitation, but this invite is not for the brilliant, the strong, or the beautiful. This call is to those who are simple, those who have no sense. It for the ones who need direction, and guidance. Wisdom invites those to come. The banquet is ready, the house has been duly prepared.
So, who are the ones that are the simple or the ones who have no sense?
I know I sure fall into that category. I desperately need direction. I clamor for guidance. Without the Word of God, I would have no idea where to turn or how to live my life. I am blessed indeed, because I got the invitation to come and learn.
But so have you.
The invitation is for us all who recognize our frailties and limitations. We are invited to wisdom’s house, and we can enter anytime and feast on the meal that’s been prepared. Every day we can come to the Bible, the place that houses all wisdom, read it, taste of its sweetness, and drink of its leadership.
This passage also tells us that wisdom has seven pillars. While we cannot know for sure what those are, we might have an answer in the New Testament book of James. It certainly gives us seven great things to strive for in acquiring wisdom. “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17
Lord, Your invitation is there for me every day to come and learn. Help me to accept it and enter the pages of Your Word.