The Pillars of Wisdom
Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: ~Proverbs 9:1
Pillars are instrumental for providing strength and support for a building structure. In many cases, pillars help support ceilings and overhanging coverings of a building. Pillars also help to make a building look very ornate. Solomon spoke of the house of wisdom and how it has hewn out seven pillars. The house of wisdom is an essential place for every Christian. It is to be a hiding place during times of difficulty. It is to be a helpful place in giving us needed counsel and advice for all aspects of living. It is a holy place where the fear of the Lord is evident, and it is the foundation for living in righteousness for the Lord. However, it is the seven pillars that we want to focus on this morning. Without all seven pillars, wisdom is incomplete and the spiritual structure that we are building will be lacking. This morning, let us examine the pillars of wisdom
Let us consider the symmetry of these pillars.
Each pillar helps to support the weight of wisdom. There is nothing uneven about any of the pillars. Each is strategically positioned to make the building of our life secure, safe, and strong. There is even spacing between each column. Each pillar presents a valuable, long-term testimony to all who behold how and what we are building our life upon.
Let us consider the specifics of these pillars.
I believe these seven pillars are mentioned for us in James 3:17, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” Pillar number one is purity. The wisdom of our life must be pure within and without, in spirit and in speech. An impure life immediately disqualifies us from great usefulness by God. Pillar number two is peaceableness. The wisdom of our life must seek peace with all men and not be contentious. Every marriage should be marked by peace between spouses. Let’s not live with strife and contention, but rather with agreeableness and harmony. Pillar number three is gentleness. This speaks of being kind, tender-hearted, polite, easy to get along with, and mannerly. Pillar number four is easy to be entreated. This interconnects with gentleness and mercy. Are you someone who is easy to get along with? Do people feel on edge when you are around? Do people want to avoid you for fear of an argument or quarrel occurring? Are you approachable? Pillar number five is mercy and good fruits. Interestingly, James said "full of mercy and good fruits." This pillar speaks to us of the fruit of the Spirit and of having pity, forgiveness, and restoration at the forefront of our thinking. Pillar number six is without partiality. This means you do not show favoritism, racism, or slighting of others. It has the same standard of care towards everybody. Pillar number seven is without hypocrisy. This pillar speaks of being a genuine Christian and not trying to impress the people around you. It implies that we are not acting hyper-spiritual or thinking that we are better than others. Each of these pillars supports the house of wisdom and is indispensable.
Let us consider the summons from these pillars.
These pillars issue a summons on behalf of wisdom for each of us to come to, as if we have been invited to attend a sumptuous feast and banquet. We are to come without excuse, without delay, and without our own agenda. We are to come and take in much of what is laid before us.
Is your life supported by these seven pillars of wisdom? Why not take a moment to examine the structure of your life to see what pillars need to be erected, what pillars need to be strengthened, and what pillars need to be more evident in our lives.
Have a fortified God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Genesis 35-37