An Irresistible Invitation – Proverbs 9

Wisdom must be something we naturally resist. It’s advertised so often in the book of Proverbs, it makes me wonder.

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“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 NIV).

Wisdom is one hard-working lady! She built the house and set the table. Now she solicits guests to come and learn to reason – and live.

“For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer (verses 11-12).

Wisdom is older than dirt, we learned in the previous chapter of Proverbs. Now we learn she’s invested in welcoming us to her table and teaching us to live and learn.

“Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning (verses 8-9).

I’m hungry for more wisdom, aren’t you?

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

Wisdom is Supreme – Proverbs 4

I’ve read one chapter a day through the book of Proverbs numerous times in the last few years, and it never fails that this is the verse that grabs my attention when I get to chapter four.

“Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”  Proverbs 4:7.

My first reaction is to argue with it. Surely there are at least a few things that are more important than selling out to the pursuit of wisdom. What about loving the Lord my God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength? Didn’t Jesus stress loving my neighbor as myself? Isn’t a good work ethic and taking care of my family most important?

Actually, yes to all of these being true, because it is wise to love God with all I am and all I’ve got. He made all I am and all I’ve got. And if I love him, I’ll look for ways to do all those other things. If I love him I’ll be all wrapped up in showing it by loving my neighbor and my family as myself and taking care of my business.

The last seven verses are feeding me tonight with practical instructions: Listen closely, guard my heart, keep my speech pure, fix my eyes straight ahead, keep my feet on the path of what’s good.

I can just feel myself getting wiser.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis