Proverbs – God’s practical guide to a joyful life
Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well.
Do you enjoy hosting dinners or being invited to a friend’s home for a time of chatting, relaxing and, most likely, good food and beverage? I certainly do! Well today we are given an invitation to do just that. Let’s top up our coffees and learn of this invitation that Solomon is sharing with us…
Invitations of Wisdom…
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.”
I enjoy entertaining and having guests. It’s a time when extra care is taken to clean and tidy the house, special foods are prepared, and the good dishes are set out. It’s my hope that all my guests will feel welcomed and comfortable. If guests come hungry, their tummies will leave full. If they come feeling lonely, they will leave feeling loved. If they come with worries and burdens, they will leave with joy and a lighter load. Yes, I love having guests.
In the same way, God’s wisdom calls us. God invites us to come and learn of his ways and his wisdom; the wisdom that loved mankind- you and me- so much that it required himself to pay the penalty and be the sinless sacrifice on our behalf. He calls us to know this type of wisdom through this love revealed in his most precious word. Just as you are welcomed into one’s home when you take that first step through the front door, so God welcomes us into his wisdom and care as we open the pages of his most precious word, the Bible.
As we dig into his words, we are comforted, we are spiritually fed, we are loved, and we are able to entrust our burdens and worries with him. He is the ultimate host and his words of wisdom radiate within our being. Not that we change outwardly, but we do change within our inmost being. Not that circumstances around us change, but our view of them is changed. And if that were not enough, he gives us an actual home to which we can go and meet him.
Not only did he give us the Bible to go to, but he gave us his church, his home where he dwells within the family of brothers and sister that are present there, where his words of love and wisdom are proclaimed to all. A home where all people are welcomed to enter and be comforted, to be fed and nourished, and to leave their burdens at the foot of his cross.
Therefore, whether you accept God’s invitation to hear his word by opening the pages of your Bible or the front door of your church, you will experience his ultimate love and hospitality. Through God’s wisdom and the Holy Spirit, you will begin to “walk in the way of insight.” (Proverbs 9:6b) This is not just a suggestion, but a promise! You will walk in the way of God’s insight and all the blessings that flow from him. So, God’s wisdom is calling you to be his guest. May I encourage you to accept the invitation.
Prayer: Dear Lord, you have invited me to come to you and seek your wisdom as revealed in your most holy word. Give me the desire and willingness to accept your invitation and the opening in my schedule to permit me to be your guest. Whether by attending church or digging into the Bible, or both, help me to come to you, to rest in you, and to learn of you. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!