Build and Prepare

“Wisdom has built her house …  ‘Come and eat my food and drink the wine I have prepared’” (Proverbs 9:1, 5).

 

Proverbs 9 compares wisdom to foolishness.  The main difference I saw was the planning and preparation on Wisdom’s part.  There’s no mention of the fool building her house; only sitting at the door, and no mention of wine either.  I’m not an expert in winemaking, but I do know the grapes should be left to ferment and it’s a lengthy process.  The fool would have none of that, but chose to steal somebody else’s water instead.

 

Likening foolishness to a loud woman is less about the volume of her voice and more about her spiritual condition.  If what’s precious to God is a gentle and quiet spirit, surely a loud and impulsive spirit is just the opposite.  Wise people are careful planners, counting the cost, working diligently with the end in mind.  Impulsive people grab what’s in their reach and only think later about the consequences.

 

It’s good to have ideas and dreams, but if those dreams are going to come to any good, they need to be built on a solid foundation.  That foundation is prayer – giving it all to God and persevering, knowing that as we follow Him, He’ll make us successful (Proverbs 3:6).

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