Lady Wisdom has built and furnished her home; it’s supported by seven hewn timbers. The banquet meal is ready to be served: lamb roasted, wine poured out, table set with silver and flowers. Having dismissed her serving maids, Lady Wisdom goes to town, stands in a prominent place, and invites everyone within sound of her voice: “Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on? Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me! I’ve prepared a wonderful spread—fresh-baked bread, roast lamb, carefully selected wines. Leave your impoverished confusion and live! Walk up the street to a life with meaning.” Prov 9:1-6 MSG)
Wisdom in proverbs is personified; she (Sophia) has a house built on seven pillars. She prepares a banquet and invites whosoever to come in and dine. Human nature however is attracted to the foolish woman next door. She has nothing to add to your life, glitz and glamour is all she has. Wisdom tells us, “He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself. Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Pro 9:7-10 NKJ)
Isaiah shows us that the Holy Spirit has those same seven traits, “The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. (Isa 11:2 NKJ).
It is not surprising that in the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:8) a word to the wise is included in the gift of the Holy Spirit. That word, however, doesn’t come by chance, but by taking the time to enter wisdom’s house and partaking of the feast prepared for you. Knowledge comes from study, wisdom comes from God.
We need wisdom in America today!