Hello my fellow Proverbs 31 women in progress!
When I heard that the wise woman builds her house in Proverbs 14, I was wondering what it meant… I thought that it was only about a physical house at the beginning! However, when I studied God’s Word, I think that I finally have a clue about the meaning of this verse.
I do believe that the word “house” in this verse not only refers to our physical house, but it goes far beyond that! It’s about lifting up our families and setting a godly standard, so that we would be a living testimony to the world.
I will study the meaning of this today and share my thoughts with you!
Building a house has several steps that I’m going to examine with you.
Step #1: Start with a good foundation
The foundation of your house is the fact that you keep God’s commandments and the faith of Jesus. In Matthew 24-27, Jesus described those who follow His Word as building their houses on the rock; whereas the people who do not apply His Word are compared to foolish people who build their houses on the sand.
How can we therefore build our house on the rock and have a good foundation?
Relying on the Lord’s wisdom and principles and not on the world’s, as described in James 3.7 will set the tone of your house:
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere”.
Also, we should never forget that without God, we are nothing but can do everything because He strengthens us (Philippians 4.13). Therefore, we should ask for the Holy Spirit’s wisdom to give us strength, wisdom as well as understanding to build our houses.
Step #2: Establish a plan
Do you have expectations for your house, your life, your family? Bring them to the Lord! I do believe that a wise woman, as we all strive to be, make plans for their lives and put them before God. I am not saying that your plan will always please the Lord, but let’s remember that He has plans of peace and not of evil for us.
Surely, we will have to make plans for our homemaking tasks, like cooking, cleaning, taking care of children, etc. But we will also make plans for our finances, our own projects, how we can participate in our husband’s duties; so that we’ll be proper help-meets; as God called us to be.
Step #3: Raising the walls of your house
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.” ~ Psalm 127:1
Building a house is not something that you’ll master overnight. As I explained earlier, you’ll have to rely on God’s wisdom and strength to do this. Also, you will have to learn how to be patient and not too harsh on yourself (that’s a beautiful piece of wisdom I learnt myself!).
Indeed, you don’t have to be perfect at the beginning; but you’ll need to be committed and disciplined. There will be a lot of joy and a lot of tears in the process. However, as you have the Holy Spirit with you, you’ll be able to raise those walls!
Raising walls is an upward task. It means that we should always seek to make our house uplifiting for our husbands, our children, our brothers and sisters, our friends, for everyone.
This means that our house will become a source of inspiration (at every level) because of our wise management and care! Can you imagine that for you? Well, I certainly can.
Step #4: Putting a roof on your house
The roof protects our house from wind, sun, and rain. What is the spiritual equivalent of a roof in the context of this post?
For me, it means that we should protect our house from evil influence. We should not put things into our houses which will put us away from God!
Instead, we should make sure that our houses are spiritually cleaned and get rid of all the influence from the world. Get rid of clothes who do not reflect your Glory as God’s daughter. Get rid of magazines, books and all the things which don’t lift you spiritually.
Our houses must be a statement for our godliness!
Also, we must be very careful about what kind of people we admit in our house. Do they want good for you? Can you trust them? Do your children’s friend good influences?
Of course, as a woman of God, your house and my house must be open for everybody, because we are charitable and have sense of hospitality (hopefully!) .
But we must be careful not to allow things that put us away from God and we must be firm about it! Well, that’s my opinion.
Step #5: Final touch
Last but not least, we should add a touch of beauty in our house! Being surrounded by beauty in your home decor will show your exquisite taste! We shouldn’t forget that God is the Ultimate Artist and that He enjoys beauty and cleanliness in a home!
Moreover, we must cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our house, so that we will prosper: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control (Galatians 5.22-23).
If you don’t know where to start, look at these woman of the Bible:
Do you agree with the principles of building a house? Please share your point of view!
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