By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
Proverbs 24:3 (NIV)
Since beginning this blog in June, I have used this verse as inspiration to share my heart, and I believe God’s heart, for our homes. Just to review; my thoughts on this verse are summarized like this:
“By wisdom a house is built”
- It is wise to build your life and your home on a solid foundation through a relationship with Jesus Christ as your Savior.
- It is wise to seek God’s blessing by loving Him with all of your heart and obeying His commands.
- It is wise to develop a HEART for the things of God.
“By understanding it is established”
- We must understand God’s provision – He is our source of life itself and all that we have!
- We must understand God’s investment Principles – we are to be good stewards of all He gives us!
- We must understand God’s standard for Work and Responsibility – to be able to work is a blessing – being lazy is sin!
In this post I will begin to look at the next verse, Proverbs 24:4. It completes this picture of a house built with wisdom and understanding by adding the importance of knowledge. Through knowledge we add the finishing touches, “rare and beautiful treasures,” that truly make a house a home!
Knowledge is a conscious effort to learn all that we can about something. Knowledge requires seeking and learning, and it can lead to greater wisdom and understanding. I believe it is God’s purpose that we make a conscious effort to learn more and more about Him, and the reward of that effort will be a home that is filled with rare and beautiful treasures!
“through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”
“What kind of treasures are they talking about?” you might ask. I believe the first of these rare and beautiful treasures is a heart saturated with the Word of God and overflowing with genuine love. If you have ever been around someone like this you truly understand how rare and beautiful this is, and this is God’s plan for each of us! I have had seasons in my life of being so saturated in God’s Word, that even strangers at the grocery story would comment that they could see the joy of the Lord in my life! Why aren’t we all always that way? Life gets in the way. We get busy. We get distracted. I want to choose that again!
This comes from reading, studying, meditating, memorizing, and applying God’s Word on a regular basis. When we do this, His Word begins to fill every fiber of who we are. Our hearts become a hiding place for these truths and not one can ever take that away from us. These truths become tools to use when we are tempted, comfort when we are sad or lonely, peace when we are overwhelmed, faith when we face fear, wisdom when we have a choice to make or advice to give, understanding when life seems unfair, strength to face each day, hope when we feel hopeless, and grace and mercy when we fall. It also becomes our confidence when we share Jesus with those that don’t know Him and a path to lead others to salvation. It becomes our joy at home, in the grocery store, in a traffic jam, in conflict, at work, and even at church. Jesus tells us in Luke 6:45 that whatever is in our hearts will come out in our actions and the words we speak.
“I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11
We can know God’s Word and hide it in our hearts by reading and listening to the Bible. A great resource for listening to God’s Word aloud can be found on Ann Graham Lotz’s web page and is called God is Speaking. I recently participated in this campaign. For eight days I listened as God’s Word was read aloud. It was an awesome experience to just sit and listen as someone else read the Bible aloud for one hour each day, reading chapters from Genesis to Revelation!
After reading or listening to scripture it is important to ask God to show us how He wants to apply those verses to our lives, or what lessons or promises we can take away. Take time to pray, listen for God’s wisdom, think about, and then apply it to our lives.
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says.
Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. James 1:22
I love to underline or highlight verses and write notes in my Bible by verses or passages that speak to me. As I use my Bible daily these scriptures seem to jump off of the page at me as I turn the pages reminding me of promises and lessons learned. As I read them again and again they become engraved in my memory and hidden in my heart!
Music is another practice to saturate our hearts in God’s Word. I have memorized many scriptures because someone set them to music. (I also love listening to all styles of Christian music based on sound Biblical doctrine!) Journaling, wall art, scripture t-shirts, sticky notes on the bathroom mirror, and even coloring books are all ways to be sure that your heart stays saturated with God’s Word and His love!
In his second letter in the Bible, Peter offers a blessing to all those that share faith in Christ. He says, “May God bless you with his special favor and wonderful peace as you come to know Jesus, our God and Lord, better and better.” He then strongly encourages growing in the knowledge of God and paying attention to scripture. In the next two chapters, he warns against false teachers and reminds them that Jesus will come again! He closes the letter in chapter three by challenging these Christians to be prepared for the end times with the following verse:
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Glory be to him now and forever! Amen.
Oh the treasure of growing in the grace and knowledge of God! I believe when we do this the result will be saturated hearts overflowing with love in word and deed – what a beautiful treasure!
Now there’s a challenge for us to work on this week!
Love and Blessings,