Proverbs 9:1–6 (ESV) Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars. She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her young women to call from the highest places in the town, “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” To him who lacks sense she says, “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”
2. Pillar #2 – PREPARATION. Wisdom does the hard work of preparing for what is ahead, it does not go about its tasks willy-nilly. Notice that its pillars are “hewn”. Some vainly imagine that spiritual progress in the soul, or ministry to others, is the domain of some mystical “zap” by the Holy Spirit. In this view, it almost becomes un-spiritual to study hard, to practice the craft of communicating the Gospel or even God’s Word. Wisdom knows that even giftedness is only half of the equation at the very best. Talent is no replacement for, or enemy of, preparedness. Even the most gifted athletes and musicians practice. Soldiers go to boot camp before they ever enter the battlefield. And Christians learn the holy skills of battling with indwelling sin, studying God’s Word, praying, taking our own thought lives captive to Christ, meditating on “whatsoever things are pure” etc., serving one another and communicating the eternal truths that impact the souls of people. No one accidentally stumbles into Heaven – they plan to go there, and take the only route which will get them there – following Jesus Christ. And beloved, the road is not an easy one. Prepare.