Scripture Reading: Proverbs 14
“Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” – Proverbs 14:1 (KJV)
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It is interesting to think of how a solid structure is built. It takes a lot of materials, people, time and hard work to effectively build something that will stand over time. There can be no short cuts. If there are, they may remain hidden for a little while, but will ultimately show up, likely bringing great destruction to what seemed to look strong on the outside. How do we start to go about “building” a home and family that glorify God?
How do we go about wisely building our home? Building any type of sound “structure” or legacy begins with each of us individually. We must be intentionally seek after God in all areas of our lives. This is done through diligent prayer and study of the Word. In Proverbs 8:10 & 11, it states that wisdom that comes from God is “better than rubies.” The focus is on God and His Word continually instead of worldly distractions (1 John 2:15& 16). The mind is purposefully set on things above (Colossians 3:1 & 2). This renewed mindset will help us avoid worldly potholes along the way and seek out what God would have us do in situations, with others, etc. It won’t stop storms from coming to the house, however it will give us peace and direction through them.
What are the ways that we can inevitably wreck our homes; unfortunately with our own hands at lot of the time. Selfishness and pride instead of seeking out and accepting God’s will in our lives is destructive. It leads to a person coming to the conclusion, whether verbal or not, that they do not need God and know better. There then begins a slow moving away from God by neglect. Neglect of prayer, study time and gathering with other believers. This may not seem to have an initial effect on the person, but over time the house will begin to deteriorate. With this neglect, comes ungodly compromise that may lead to all sort of worldly and foolish behaviors and acceptances that will further cause decay to the house overall. Displeasure, complaining attitudes and not being content (due to this selfishness) will turn into contentiousness, which leads to anger and strife and other outbursts of the flesh (Gal 5). The house moves further and further away from that which is glorifying to God and more like the world, continually in upheaval instead of peaceful even a midst trial (Matthew 5:9, Philippians 4:6-7).