Proverbs 9:1 Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars.
This passage speaks volumes. The number seven indicates completeness and perfection.
What are the 7 pillars of wisdom? Here's my list:
1. Submission to the Creator of Heaven and Earth:
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
Psalm 14:1 "The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."
2. Faith in God's ability to make things work out for good:
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
3. Having the knowledge and discernment between good and evil:.
Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever."
Psalm 119:125 I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.
4. A commitment to righteousness:
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.
Proverbs 10:23 A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.
5. A commitment to diligence:
Hebrews 6:11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure.
Hebrews 6:12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
6. Proper use of patience and love:
Proverbs 19:11 A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
1 John 4:20 If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
1 John 4:21 And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
7. Recognizing the importance of discipline, justice:
Proverbs 3:11 My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline and do not resent his rebuke, Prov 3:12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
Leviticus 19:15 "'Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor [and your children] fairly.
Monday, May 25, 2015
The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat the soldier’s last tattoo;
No more on life’s parade shall meet that brave and fallen few.
On Fame’s eternal camping ground, their silent tents are spread;
But glory guards with solemn dignity the bivouac of the dead.”
~Theodore O’Hara, 1847~
Can anything be more ironic than the lives of our nation’s military? They love America, so they spend long years in foreign lands far from her shores. They revere freedom, yet they sacrifice their own so that others may be free. They defend their own right to live as individuals, yet yield their individuality in that cause. Perhaps, most paradoxically of all, they value life, yet so bravely they ready themselves to die in the service of their country.
Lord God, Remember those who have fought so bravely. Keep their families and loved ones in You're loving care. Bring Your people the peace in our hearts and minds we so desire as we await Your destined return. Give those of us still living the eyes to see our horizon and the tongues to speak Your truth. Thank You for Your unconditional love, Father. Amen