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.”
3. Pillar #3 – PROVISION. Part of Wisdom’s preparation, is found in adequate PROVISION. Here, the phrase “she has slaughtered her beasts” most likely refers to killing animals to be eaten at a banquet. We must have something substantive to give them, and we must have an adequate supply of what they need. One does not plan a banquet, and invite guests, without considering if they can feed the guests. More, one takes the time to kill and cook what is to be eaten before folks arrive. So it is in ministering God’s Word – either in gathered preaching and teaching, or even just sharing one on one. We cannot serve anyone anything that has not been properly made ready – and is fit both for consumption and nutrition. Have we made sure we have something consumable for those we invite? And have we provided for their appetites? We cannot just throw hunks of Bible at them. It needs to be dressed, cut, boiled down, cooked and made ready. And it has to be what their souls need – God’s Bread of Life – and not platitudes, Christian catch phrases, and trendy material. Is it meat? Will it truly sustain their souls? Have we taken the time to break it down and prepare it adequately? Wisdom studies to do these things – and doesn’t rely on just “winging it”. If we have not fed our own souls on it – it will not be fit for others either.