I’m starting a series (Lord willing) on home building. Whether you are married, single, empty-nester, have a passel of kids, young, old, or in between, you live in a house. You can learn to build your house by the word of God or the culture. As a woman you either build a solid house or you tear it down. In Proverbs, you are called either Lady Wisdom or Lady Folly.
So, come along with me. Let’s see what wise home building looks like.
The wisest of women builds her house,
but folly with her own hands tears it down.
This is an astounding statement. It is an universal statement by the God of all creation on the importance of women: either for good or for evil. We are the influencers of our homes. Will love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control flourish in our homes? Or strife, disharmony, arguments, and dissension flourish?
An old preacher once said that if our Christianity doesn’t work at home, it will show itself nowhere else. You will never further the Kingdom of God elsewhere, if you are not spreading it at home.
Scripture is telling us that building a house on spiritual principles is our mission. (I am not saying it is not also the Father’s. The Bible is very clear it is. But, this verse is talking about women and their importance). Let’s hear what the word of God says to us; today, in 2020, amid pandemics and quarantines. Let’s open our ears and hearts to hear.
HOME BUILDING 101
We will consider the following questions.
How did she become wise? Where do we get it?
How does a wise woman build her house?
What does building her house look like?
What materials does she use?
What are the consequences?
Why does she do it?
First, let’s define our terms.
Wise: skilled (in technical knowledge), shrewd, learned, prudent
House: house, dwelling habitation, home containing a family, household, household affairs, family of descendants
It can also mean: within, inward.
Builds: to build, rebuild, to build a house (i.e. establish a family)
Solomon uses an allegory of housebuilding to demonstrate the importance of a woman spiritually building up her household, as well as running the affairs of the household and setting the moral climate within the family God has entrusted to her. If you are a single woman, this also applies to you, even if you live alone.
Solomon has been contrasting wisdom and folly in previous verses. Now, he contrasts wisdom and folly in women.
Earlier Solomon was giving advice to his son and said, “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding” (Proverbs 3:13).
Later someone called the wise, identity unknown, wrote:
3 By wisdom a house is built,
and by understanding it is established;
4 by knowledge the rooms are filled
with all precious and pleasant riches.
So, we see the first requirement for homebuilding is to get wisdom.
That is what we will look at next time. How do we get wisdom? How do we know if we are wise?
Here is a teaser:
That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Until next time, you are loved!