Wisdom’s Invitation

Proverbs 9:3-6 “She (wisdom) has sent out her maids, and she calls from the highest point of the city.  ‘Let all who are simple come in here!’ she says to those who lack judgment. ‘Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.'”

Wisdom is intent upon getting the news of her feast out. First, she has sent her maids to spread the news. Your pastor is one of those maids. As he preaches the wisdom of God’s word in his sermon or Bible class, the invitation is reaching you. As he makes hospital calls and evangelism visits, he is delivering the invitation to come to godly wisdom’s feast.

Maybe you will be one of wisdom’s maids. Maybe you can be the first to share Jesus with your friends.

Sometimes the invitation is delivered with no more effort than placing a Bible in someone’s hands.  While I was doing mission work in an inner city neighborhood years ago, I ran across a lady who came to know her Savior simply because someone had given her a Bible. She was too poor to own a radio or TV. She picked up her Bible just for something to read. Without any outside help, the Bible delivered the invitation so clearly that she, too, was brought to faith.

Are we in earnest about delivering this invitation, sharing true wisdom, talking about our Savior? Solomon says wisdom “calls from the highest point of the city.” In Bible times you couldn’t buy advertising on TV, radio, or social media. There was no Craigslist, Ebay, or online marketplace. If you wanted everyone to get a message as soon as possible, you had to pick the highest point and yell. A message delivered that way had to be important. The wisdom of proverbs, the salvation of the gospels, deserves every effort, every tool we can find to spread the good news we have.

Who are the intended recipients of the invitation wisdom works so hard to deliver?  “Let all who are simple come in here!’ she says to those who lack judgment.” They are simple. They lack judgment. They are a world full of people who don’t know and don’t care about what they are missing from the feast of godly Wisdom. Maybe they treasure luxurious cars, exciting vacations, sprawling estates, or classic art that years of hard work and careful investments can purchase. Some may be more interested in finding escape in a bottle or short-lived affair.  Many are content with a secure job and a stable family. The invitation goes out, but sadly, it often remains unopened and unappreciated.

We, too, may find ourselves among the simple. The invitation may bring us to the feast. When we get there are we eating our fill or only picking at our plates? God’s wisdom is there for the taking at church, in Bible class, or anytime we care to open our Bibles at home. Yet we lack an appetite. We are bored with the word. We struggle to see its relevance. When its relevance is undeniable, we find the application distasteful. We were hoping for nothing but candy and sweets, not a carefully planned and balanced meal.

Getting wisdom’s spiritual nourishment remains a matter of life or death.  “Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.” Leave your simple ways and you will live. Our earthly treasures can’t feed our souls. Self-righteous attempts to find our own way through life don’t lead to heaven. Come to wisdom. Trust in God. Receive Jesus and his grace, and you will live.

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