Isn’t it amazing how every living creature is designed to have a particular habitat in which to live and thrive? I am always amazed when I see a bird’s nest. I marvel to think how different birds know just which materials to collect and how to intricately weave them together to create a home for their young! It is inspiring to think that God equips and gives instincts to some creatures to live in the trees, others to live in the seas, and some to burrow into the ground to create their homes.
God created us, as humans, to dwell in structures we call houses, and He gave us instincts to make them beautiful places of refuge and retreat from the world around us as well as places of celebration to share fellowship with family and friends. We need to understand that just as God provides for every living creature, our homes are part of God’s provision for us, and while we have instincts, we also have responsibility as a higher order of God’s creation to follow His instructions for building our houses!
“By wisdom a house is built, through understanding it is established.”
The Hebrew word for house in this verse encompasses much more than a physical dwelling place. It also includes the family and every part of that dwelling that works together to make up a house. The second part of this verse tells us that through “understanding” it (our house) is established.
Understanding is the mental process of comprehending. It is knowledge of, or familiarity with a particular thing, and established means standing firm, secure, prosperous, or fixed. What is it that we can comprehend to make our homes stand firm and be secured? I believe the answer to that question is found in living according to God’s principles. When we understand and live by God’s principles, our houses and our lives will be strong and established!
The first principle it is wise to understand is the principle of God’s provision. In Psalm 50 God reminds humanity in a vivid picture that He owns everything and what He wants most from us is a committed, obedient, and thankful heart! James 1:17 tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from God.
God owns it all and anything good that we have, comes from His hand!
Did you know that there are over 2,000 references in the Bible about money and possessions? This confirms to me that this is a very important topic! In Matthew 6:19-34 Jesus teaches on the subject telling us not to store up treasures here on earth where they can be eaten by moths and get rusty; and where thieves can break in and steal. Instead he tells us to store our treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from thieves. Why? Because wherever our treasure is, the desires of our heart are also! Is it wrong to have a nice house and nice things here on earth? I don’t think so, but rather I believe God is once again reminding us to put first things first, to keep things in proper perspective. That perspective is summed up in the final verses of this passage when Jesus says that we are to seek first the Kingdom of God in everything we do and live righteously. If we do this, God will provide everything we need!
God knows that we have need of things. God knows we need shelter, clothing, and food. He even knows that we need transportation and times away for vacation and rest. I believe He even gives us the ‘extras’ that make our homes lovely sanctuaries for the soul! The wisest parents do not give their children everything they want, but instead give them everything they need along with extra gifts according to their maturity and what they know to be best for them. God on the other hand is more than wise – He is the perfect father! He loves us beyond measure and wants to bless us, but He knows what is best for us. His desire is that we first love, honor, and trust Him more than anything else. He created us and that is what we were designed to do! It is what prepares us for eternity!
God knows our needs and wants to provide everything we need.
But He desires that we first have
committed, obedient, and thankful hearts toward Him.
We must understand that God is our source of provision. While we all have income from different sources, including our jobs, we must realize that it is God who stretches that income to cover all of our expenses, it is God who gives us the ability to work to bring home income, and it is God who supplies extra sources of income at just the right time. In this day and time of stock market fluctuations, job market insecurities, social security concerns, outrageous medical cost, and an inflated cost of living, it should be evident to all of us that nothing is certain except for God! He never changes, He is always there, He is true to His promises, and He promises to meet our every need when we put our trust in Him and live according to His word.
Every good gift comes from God! To have an established home, seek the Lord in all you do, trust Him to provide your every need, be satisfied with what He gives you, and be thankful!
How sweet to understand God’s provision and rest in His promises!
Love and Blessings,