Willie Brown - Wisdom - Las Vegas, New Mexico Convention - July, 1947

Proverbs 9:1-7, Some time ago when struggling to get something for a meeting, this chapter became very clear to me. Our weakness of the past year is that we have only scratched on the surface of the word of God instead of digging deep. One of the most important things to give attendance to is to reading. 1 Timonthy 4:13 to 16, "Give thyself wholly to these things." Wisdom did things before she spoke a word. She made provision before she said, "Come." We are all building for eternity. I Corinthians 3:10, Paul was writing to the Corinthians with a heavy heart because they were carnal for there were divisions among them. One said, "I am of Paul," another said, "I am of Apollos." My dear friends, don't make heroes of God's servants. They are only the vessels He uses. Don't underestimate their value, but don't give them the affection that belongs to Christ. What would you think of a person who, after the foundation is laid, sits down in the middle of it and admires it, and glories in it, but never builds upon it? The foundation is good, but what are we building upon it? Paul had planted, later Apollos came along and watered the drooping plants, and refreshed the weary hearts. If you see a brick out, or a stone out of a building, don't try to kick it over. Ezra and Nehemiah looked upon Jerusalem, and its walls broken down and wept and built. "Let every man take heed how he builds." This is the responsibility of each individual. If the spirit of God has been working in your life for years He expects something from it. Wisdom has hewn her pillars. To hew means to labor. We need to be practical people, not talkers, but workers. There is medicine in the bible that's a cure for all spiritual ills, I Corinthians 13, One could even get a message from God and deliver it as an angel, yet lack love. One could give his goods to feed the poor, yet it would only be as Cain's offering. Giving your body to be burned would be a lot. Yet one could do all that and lack love. It is far easier to die for a faith than to live for a faith. It wouldn't take long to burn you and me. Each one of us have had times in our lives when we wondered if could make the grade. We are glad His love did not let us go. The fire of God that licked up the water around the altar of Elijah in I Kings 18 was a type of the love of God, Nothing could quench it.

 

What took place outside the household of God for you and me? A price was paid for us on Calvary. We were bought. The slave of Exodus 21 was bought. This took place outside the house. Inside was the master, the bride, and the children. A shepherd had a faithful dog that had three or four little ones, that she was about to go to, but three of the sheep were missing. The master sent the dog out to look for the sheep. It went miles and brought one back, went again and brought another one back and was ready to go to her little ones but the master sent her out again, then he retired for the night. Next morning all the sheep were in, but the dog was dead. It could have been written over, "She loved her Master." I don't care where my bones be laid, but If I'm ever worthy I would love if over my grave could be "A servant of Christ."

 

The dying words of Cecil Rhodes, who died in Rodesia, were, "I can't die there is so much to do and I've done so little done." We workers have given all you saints have renounced all, your home and car are not your own, yet we could do all that, and miss it all, for lack of love. The ear of the servant was bored. His ear was not for others, but for the master.

 

When I was in a meeting with the lepers in South Africa, Fannie chose a hymn 310. I spoke to them of Joseph who went through the mill, and I felt, "I hope that God will never find me murmuring or complaining." Every one in that leper institution was offered a radio. All the patients accented one, except Fannie and his companion (saint). They asked instead for someone to read to them from the bible. Pete, a colored boy, came to read to Fannie. This led to him getting saved. At Pete's funeral, Fannie said, "It's wonderful how you can love a person you've never seen." I thought of I Peter 1:8, God wants to make our hearts bigger. The length of the love of God is from manger to Calvary. The breadth of the love of God is from East to West. How do we treat others who have disappointed us? In John 21, to the disciples who had disappointed Him. Jesus said, "Come and dine." I would like to know more of the love of God that makes a person kind. David asked, "Is there any left of the house of Saul that I may shew him kindness?" II Samuel 9, He didn't build a house outside for Mephibosheth, and send food out to him, but gave him a place inside, at his table though he was lame. When the king of kings looks at us in all our deformity, lame because of weakness of human nature. He invites us inside, and lets us eat at His table, in spite of the fact that we are lame. What do we deserve? All are hell-deserving sinners. A man who was condemned to die was given a chance to speak and he said, "I ask not justice, but mercy." When a soldier was brought before Lincoln. When he was president, Lincoln asked, Where are your recommendations?" The soldier said, "I have none." Lincoln asked, "'Where are your friends?" The soldier said, "I have none." Lincoln put out his hand and said. "I'll be your friend." Jesus was moved with compassion toward the needy. The pillar of the love of God is first then, the pillar of faith. A man whom I met on a train said, "Do you think I'm going to believe in a God I have never seen?" I asked, "Did you ever see your mother's love? Do you believe in it? Did you ever see electricity? Do you believe in it? Did you see the wind when it blew your hat off? Do you believe in it?" Though Columbus discovered America he died without knowing the extent of the land he had touched. You who have touched the kingdom of God don't know yet the greatness of what you've touched. The widow's mite was an act of faith. Third is the pillar of the fear of God. I don't know anything more needful in the life of a child of God than to walk in the fear of the Lord all the day long. The child of God should spend Sunday in quietness and in rest. Not running around. I saw men weeping when we were in a concentration camp. I thought of Luke 21:26, "Men's hearts failing them for fear." Then I thought of another verse. "Perfect love casteth out fear." Fourth is the pillar of the will of God. Genesis 24. The servant of God is always afraid something may come in to hinder the work of God. The servant said "Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land?" This is always the anxiety of the servant. Rebekkah said, "I will go." Suppose she had said, "I will not go?" There is joy in heaven over one repenting. Do you think the true servant would want to take the affection that belongs to the Bridegroom? No! Our responsibility is to present the bride to Christ. Have this written in your heart, "Not my will but Thine." Fifth is the pillar of the grace of God. Colossians 4:6, "Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt." Do not let that sting come from your lips that sends others away wounded and hurt. What would you think of a person who would go to a piano and give one string inside a twist one way and another another way to spoil the harmony of it? The grace of God keps our lives  in harmony. Sixth is the pillar of the truth of God. Seventh, the pillar of the spirit of God. Elisha desired a double portion of the spirit of Elijah, II Kings 2. Elijah said, "If thou see me when I am taken from thee it shall be so," what does this mean? It means that if you'll take the same pathway and be willing for the same suffering you'll get the same spirit. Not the sermons but the spirit of my fellow servants and saints means most to me. Surely no one is going to pass of this tent with a bit of hardness or bitterness in your heart. I hope we'll be men and women who will build for eternity, then will have a building for God. II Corinthians 5. There are six tools with which to hew to build pillars. Prayer, Purpose, Purity, Watchfulness, Diligence, and Sincerity.