1 Wisdom has built her house;
she has set up its seven pillars.
2 She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.
3 She has sent out her servants, and she calls
from the highest point of the city,
4 “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
5 “Come, eat my food
and drink the wine I have mixed.
6 Leave your simple ways and you will live;
walk in the way of insight.”
Where can Wisdom be found? Is she always on the move, following opportunity wherever it leads? Is she mysterious like the Oracle, secluded from the world in a mountaintop temple? Or does she live like a queen, inaccessible in her guarded palace? No, she is none of these things.
Wisdom lives in a pillared house, well established and easy to find. Guests are always welcome at her table. No pilgrimage is needed to reach her, she is the one who pursues. No credentials are required to meet with her, she excludes no one from her presence. She is generous, proclaiming her invitation as broadly as she can, offering her nourishment to whomever will receive it.
Yet she is lonely.
What keeps us from responding to her invitation? Wisdom gives us insight into the complexity of the world, inviting us to think things through. The simpleminded prefer, however, that someone do the thinking for them. They follow the advice of the world, bound to learn the hard way that life is tougher than they were told. The world’s advice is often deceptive, the rich and famous are often unhappy.
Some of us would rather work than listen. If wisdom were difficult to find, if she were hidden on the top of a mountain, if she only met with those who had proven themselves worthy – we might be the first to embark on the journey to reach her. But when everyone is invited to her house? It is almost an insult to us. We’d have to be humble to eat with them, to admit that wisdom has something to teach us. We may be successful, we may be envied, we may embody all the world values – but that does not mean we are wise.
When you hear wisdom’s call, when you see an opportunity to learn, when you encounter something that challenges you – how will you respond? There may be more at stake than you think.