Jim Langley: The Seven Pillars of Wisdom | Homes and lifestyle
In my opinion, this world has taken a wrong turn again. In many ways we are lost even though some mistakenly believe that we control our destiny.
We have acquired great knowledge, but we suffer from a lack of divine wisdom.
In Proverbs 9:1 we are advised: “Wisdom has built her house; she has hewed her seven pillars.
In Proverbs 9:10 we are further instructed: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding.
Do you find these words sobering?
So the logical question is “Where do we find wisdom?” Well, let’s turn to James 1:5 where we are told: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
james concludes that wisdom comes from heaven and we are further told in James 3:17, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peaceful, thoughtful, submissive, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
These are the seven pillars mentioned in Proverbs which are the fundamental founding elements of the spiritual gift of wisdom.
Yes, wisdom is a gift from God that is available to all who ask and come to the Lord in humility realizing that they are nothing without Him; that is to say, nothing of celestial value at least.
This world presents the lie that we do not need a relationship with our Heavenly Father and we are fine in our self-sufficiency. This is what the Deceiver has presented to humanity since the dawn of time. Please don’t fall for his deceptive schemes.
Let us briefly discuss these seven pillars presented in the Book of James. Everything that comes from God is pure and worthy of our full attention. The Lord comes with a gentle and peaceful attitude. We must of course be considerate of others and subject to our Lord.
And, as our Lord is merciful, we too must be merciful and fruitful in our actions with whatever God places in our path. Impartiality and sincerity must become our way of life.
As a Christian businessman, I have learned the value of the words of Paul find in Colossians 3:23-24“Whatever you do, do it with all your heart, as if you were working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It’s the Lord Christ you serve.
These are fascinating words for those who do business as a livelihood. If the Lord is pleased with the way we do business, then everything is fine and I can sleep well. I trust you, too, you can sleep well.
To close this discussion, it seems appropriate to turn to the words of King Solomon find in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14. This is how he ends his dissertation on the vanity of life: “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the affair; Fear God and keep his commandments, for that is all the duty of man. For God will bring every action into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or bad.
His wisdom is certainly more precious than all the knowledge in the world, and it is available to all who humbly ask for this most special gift.
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— Jim Langley has been writing for over 30 years while working as a life and health insurance agent in Santa Barbara. In recent years, his passion has turned to writing about his personal relationship with God, and his goal is to encourage others to approach him as well. As a long-time member of CBMC of Santa Barbara (Christian Business Men’s Connection), he started writing Fourth Quarter Strategies Columns in 2014, and is now reaching an international audience through the CBMC International devotional Manna Monday. He can be contacted at [email protected] for more information. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.