“Wisdom has built her spacious house with seven pillars. She has prepared a great banquet, mixed the wines, and set the table. She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come. She calls out from the heights overlooking the city. ‘Come home with me’, she urges the simple. To those without good judgment, she says, ‘Come eat my food, and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your foolish ways behind, and begin to live; learn how to be wise.’ Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get a smart retort. Anyone who rebukes the wicked will get hurt. So do t bother rebuking mockers; they will only hate you. But the wise, when rebuked, will love you all the more. Teach the wise and they will be wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn more. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge of the holy one results in understanding. Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.”
Remember when we used to have church pot luck dinners? Everyone would cook their favorite dish and nestle their warm casserole dish next to all the other warm casseroles. We’d all line up next to the plastic forks and flimsy paper plates, and then wait our turn to load our flimsy plates with hidden treasures. I always failed to leave room on my plate for the many desserts loaded at the end of the table, so I’d have to stack my brownie on top of the green bean casserole. And if for some reason I wound up at the end of the line, the good stuff would be gone and I would be faced with choosing what most people passed over, like the Lima bean salad or the odd-looking broccoli casserole.
This proverb tells us that wisdom has set a banquet table full of blessings for those who accept the invitation. And rejecting this invitation is like rejecting the first of the line position in the greatest potluck you’ve ever seen. Tony Evans states that “rejecting her (wisdom) offer is like rejecting the ONLY source of food. We desperately need God’s wisdom, so we need to RSVP immediately and partake of the feast offered!”
This proverb also implies that wisdom isn’t easy. We don’t like criticism or correction. But this proverb implies that with wisdom, there is conviction and truth. A wise person desires and is grateful for truth and the growth that follows. How do you handle confrontation and correction? Are you defensive or are you seeking more truth and wisdom in your life? Wisdom is the ability to understand God’s divine perspective and apply it to your life.
Are you hungry for more of this kind of wisdom? God himself, has set an invitation asking you to feast on His word and His wisdom!