Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars. She has prepared her food, She has mixed her wine, She has also set her table, She has sent out her maidens, She calls from the tops of the heights of the city.
The book of Proverbs — and especially chapters 8, 9, and 10 — are about the acquisition of wisdom. And this opening of chapter 9 notes a crucial aspect of wisdom. Wisdom is not in the speculation or talk or dreams of people. True biblical wisdom has actually produced something that has lasted. Notice the verb tenses of this section. Wisdom has built her house. She has hewn out. She has prepared her food. She has mixed her wine. In other words, when you want to find wisdom, you look for those who have actually accomplished something; not the salesmen who can talk about what they well do; not the professor who spins logical fantasies. When you want to really lock onto wisdom, you ask yourself who has actually accomplished what I want to do. There is always someone. Wisdom is practical and real. Too often we listen to the dream weavers and wordsmiths who make it sound like their ideas will work, but they bring devastation. Our world has followed the people with the degrees and theories instead of the people who have actually done something.
We need to talk to people who have raised great kids about how to be a good parent. We need to talk to people with a great marriage about how to fix a bad marriage. We need to talk to people who have started and run a successful business if that is what we want to do. Everything that you and I want to do has been done successfully by someone else and they have usually left books, tapes, or other information about how to do it. Wisdom has not been silent, but are we willing to listen?
Our culture has followed the visions of fools promoting open marriages, domestic partners, that children will be better if we divorce; junk bonds; stock speculations; all religions are the same or lead to the same place; completely free speech; pornography is not harmful and is protected speech. They proclaimed that we evolved from monkeys and slime.
It doesn’t matter which relationship in your life needs a dose of wisdom — God, Self, Marriage, Family, Work, Church, Money, Society, Friends — there is always someone who actually has been successful in that relationship. Seek them out. Seek out the information that they have. It is often the small, little behind-the-scenes things that they do that is the difference between success and failure. There are things that they did that others did not that made the difference in that successful area of their life. You must find out what those success secrets are and begin doing them.
* This material is copyrighted © by Gil Stieglitz who retains all rights to the material. The verses quoted are taken from the NASB Bible 1995 edition.