EVERY WISE woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.
Proverbs 14:1 (Amplified Bible)
Funny thing about wisdom is that it's not really wisdom if it's not used. I can know what I need to do, but if I don't do it, I am unwise. Like the little nudge inside that I ignored. The one that reminded me of what's really important this morning.
That truth sobers me in light of the idea of building my house.
If I want my house to be strong, I will build it with wisdom. Not brute strength. But God-strength. The kind of strength that is founded on the fear of the LORD.
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (Proverbs 9:10)
I can know how to serve my husband and love my children and nurture their souls, but if I don't do it, I am just like the foolish woman who tears down her home with her very own hands.
And wisdom is kind of tricky. I mean, I do need to teach my daughter to put only what is dirty into the dirty laundry pile. But, in all honesty, we've never even discussed that. So why would I choose Monday morning before school to introduce it? Wisdom knows the truth and seeks the right time to make it known.
Not just with my children, but my relationship with my husband desperately needs this kind of wisdom too. The kind that builds instead of tearing down. Not just with words, but with appropriate silence. With prayer. This kind of wisdom knows that the wise woman who builds her house has tremendous power to influence her home. The wise woman realizes that she sets the climate for her home, whether she likes it or not. And not only that, but she proactively sets the climate for warmth. By fearing the LORD above all else. By asking for wisdom from her very generous God.
So today I am asking Him for wisdom. The kind of wisdom that only He can give. The kind of wisdom that will build my home.
So -- I have a question for you --- what does wisdom look like in your home? Leave a comment...I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
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