“A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.” – Proverbs 24:3-4
There are countless comprehensive books available if you want to put on your grubbies, get out your tools, and tackle home repairs and improvements. Whether you’re an accomplished do-it-yourselfer or a novice, there are books that will guide you through the process. There are also countless books written on how to build a godly home. Yet none of them come close to giving the kind of counsel we find in Proverbs 24:3-4. These two verses give us a blueprint for a home built around God.
A house is built on wisdom. Wisdom is seeing things as God sees them. Wisdom views all of life – all its decisions as decisions to be made in agreement with His will and His Word. But we are asked to do more than just see things as God sees them. A home built on God’s wisdom will become part of our daily decision-making processes. Kind of like what Jesus said in Matthew 7 – that the wise builder founds his house upon a rock instead of upon sand.
As believers, we want our home, our family, to be built on wisdom and knowledge: knowledge of God, knowledge of His word, and knowledge of His truth. As we study God’s Word, our knowledge of Scripture deepens. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” So through meditating on God’s Word, we allow the gospel to dwell within us, and that impacts the way we act with other believers. So don’t rush through your time reading your Bible. Instead, open your heart to receive what God wants to teach you. Dwell on what you are reading, and delight in its truth
While it is good to know God’s Word, we must also live out God’s Word. How do we do this? Philippians 2:12–13 points us to an answer as it reminds us to “ …work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” This means that our knowledge of God’s Word will be put into practice. We must do what Scripture tells us to do.
God calls us to build our spiritual homes on solid biblical ground. We must lean into time with God in prayer, worship, and reading our Bible to ensure our actions are matching God’s Word and to rest in His forgiveness when we fall short. It is in this time of relying on God that he will change our hearts thus changing our actions. Because of what our cornerstone Jesus has done for us, God will continue to sanctify us so that our spiritual house will be made strong enough to handle the huffs and puffs of our world.
- What is the difference between wisdom and knowledge?
- How do you define a spiritual home? What can you do this week to make your home built on wisdom?