Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars. Proverbs 9:1 NIV.
The personal subjectivity of allegory and imagery make a passage like this very hard to interpret. Yet the early church fathers saw a prophetic truth that was realized through the early church. The plain explanation for them was that Jesus is wisdom and the house he built was the church. The Apostles, prophets and church ministers are the pillars as Paul referred to them in Galatians 2:9. The number seven could be seen as completing or whole. Some have suggested it refers to the the seven spirits mentioned in Isaiah 11:2-3.
For today, let’s just meditate on the solidness of the passage. When wisdom builds it does two things. It finishes its work (past tense – built) and secures it to a firm foundation (set up, establishes upon pillars).
A Finished Work
What are some unfinished task that you need wisdom in order to complete them? How would gaining fresh insight help you to finish? Do you need to ask for help in order to get past your road block? It’s simple, but have you humbly asked Jesus to give you the wisdom necessary for the task?
A Firm Foundation
What task needs you to “go back” and make it right? Are there shortcuts that you have been taking that have produced an inferior product or result? What adjustments could you make in your routines that would be more beneficial for your health? finances? household chores? or growth in relationships?
Jesus is committed to completing his good work in your life. This will include giving you the wisdom to do things well while maintaining dependency upon him.
Blessings. Love y’all.