Wherever we live, it’s nice to know our dwelling is well-built! Proverbs 9 offers blueprints for godly life… for us who are still under construction! Verse one– ‘Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars.’ The fear, the respect and love of our Lord, is the foundation, the ‘beginning’ of our godly home(Proverbs 1:7).
So much goes into building a home. Takes wisdom, Proverbs says. Takes godly insights to live a successful Christian life. Always requires sacrifices to finish well. The builder must follow the blueprints of the architect, who has responded to the wants and needs of the owners.
Not everyone can afford a home. For many years I lived in apartments and parsonages. Here, in Proverbs, God issues a universal invitation to come to His home for security, provision and family. Proverbs 9: 1–‘Whoever is simple, let him turn in here! To him who lacks sense she says, Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.’ Such a simple invitation. Nothing really complicated. Come…to Him. Turn here. Repent. Turn around. Here’s the path. Yes, a narrow one. Yet, open to all.
‘In my Father’s house are many mansions…I go to prepare a place for you…that where I am, there you may be also'(John 14: 2-3). A house more like a mansion that the Lord has for each of us in heaven! The Book of Proverbs says it is hewn with seven pillars. Strong and sturdy. Seven. The number of perfection and completeness in the Bible. Seven pillars– tall and strong. That’s what God’s Wisdom has made for us… to safely dwell in, to live forever with each other.
The invitation still stands. But don’t forget–you must RSVP. Have you accepted? Yes, I want His Son Jesus in my heart. Saying ‘yes’ to Him…that’s a very wise choice indeed. Turn here… to Jesus. One way street. No dead end, for sure. For the on-ramp leads to the most amazing highway of all, to the most jaw-dropping mansion you could ever imagine. For you and me…and for ALL who say ‘yes’ to the invitation of our Lord! RSVP?
Prayer: We say ‘yes’, Lord, to you. How could we say otherwise? The best is yet to come with Jesus. Amen.