Proverbs 14:1, “Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.”
Strength, diligence, prudence and love for God builds a home; but a home that that is willful, wasteful, indulgent, selfish and has no fear or regard of God will fall in ruin.
Today we speak to the women of our group, but men can apply this as well to their families. As women of the home we have a great responsibility! By the state of our heart and walk with God we can be a great blessing to our families. Proverbs 31:10-31 passages on the wife of noble character gives many examples of a woman who has placed her reverence in the LORD and purposed in her heart to build her home in wisdom. Last week we saw how wisdom built and prepared her home for those who lived and visited in Proverbs 9:1.
Today’s passage illustrates the wise and foolish and gives us the outcome of both.
I have been witness to both of these women within my own family. I have had examples placed before me of the wise women who strive to serve their families and the LORD and even though there may have been struggles in their lives, they have built their homes to serve God and when the storms of life come, their families are well prepared to trust in God and wait upon His plan for their lives. Their husbands honor them with trust in all matters of home, finances and business. Their intimate and extended families calls them blessed. These women have built their homes on a firm foundation.
I have see the foolish women who are self centered, seeking only those things for their selves, manipulating situations and people in order to make their self the center of attention. I have seen the corruption that has crept in the door of their homes and the scars that their children bare because of their selfishness. Their husbands cannot trust them with finances, personal matters or matters of the heart and their children bare the shame of these women’s sins. Their extended family members mourn the destruction they see being brought upon their families. Truly, they have torn down their own homes with the works of their hearts and hands.
As I study this passage, I’m reminded of Christ’s story about the two builders; one built his home upon the rock and the other built his home upon the sand. Matthew 7:23-27, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Friends this passage speaks to those who will hear the Word of God and trust on it or reject it. It is an example to us that as men or women, if we build our “homes” upon His Faithful Word our homes (lives) will be solid, but if we build our homes (lives) without Him, we will fall.
Prayer: LORD, we proclaim that we place our trust in you this day. We pray that our walk before you will be wise and centered on your will for our lives and the lives of our families. Father, we see a great devastation of homes across our world that suffers because the parents have lost their way. They have turned away from your Word and plan for their lives and they have become self serving at the ruin of their homes. Forgive us if we have partaken of this culture and restore us to the foundation of Christ living in and through us. Remind us of the character of wisdom and strengthen us through your Word. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Connie Renfro ©