“Every wise woman buildeth her house:
but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.”
Building a house takes wisdom and lots of it. It doesn’t happen without planning, tough decisions, generous budgets, and buckets of paint and patience. Surprisingly, homes don’t appear overnight like they do between commercials on TV shows or in YouTube videos, Facebook posts and Instagram reels. A lot happens between “before and after” images. Reality reveals that when we lack wisdom, or run out of time, energy, and funds, progress is hindered. It’s also difficult to see a project through when someone tears down what is already accomplished. That’s especially true, when we’re the ones foolishly plucking down what we have tried to wisely build up.
Sadly, wisdom is not one of my natural traits. I’m more of a “learn the hard way, and replace, repair or re-do” type of builder. If it wasn’t for God’s Biblical instructions, great how-to resources, tools, tips, advice, and help, I’d accomplish little. Without someone else’s experience, expertise and encouragement, my building progress would cease.
The good news is, God doesn’t require us to build alone. He offers His help and the hands of others to assist us. Our efforts would be futile without our Creator leading the construction,
“Except the LORD build the house,
they labour in vain that build it…”
The term “house” in this passage focuses the priority on people over place.
House – Hebrew #1004 (Strong’s Concordance)
“…greatest variation of applications – especially family”
Just like the “Church” is not a building but is made up of the group that assembles there, our “house” isn’t the structure we live in, but is the family dwelling inside.
God doesn’t want us to just build a structure to live in. He wants us to build up our spiritual and physical family too.
Buildeth – Hebrew #1129 (Strong’s Concordance)
“Literally or figuratively to build, obtain children”
Building a house should be of great importance to wise woman.
On the other hand, God’s Word says that it’s foolish to pluck down what we are working to build. “Plucketh” is defined this way:
Plucketh – Hebrew #2040 – (Strong’s Concordance)
“to pull down or pull in pieces, break, destroy”
It’s sad to say how often we destroy the work of our own hands with our:
While it may be easier to blame others for the drama, dysfunction and destruction in our homes, sometimes, we have to admit that we often foolishly bring it on ourselves.
Thankfully, we find a gracious sense of relief and freedom in the truth that we don’t have to comprehend everything about the Bible, have all the answers or know how to build our families and homes. We can accept and admit what we are lacking and ask God for the wisdom to fill the voids.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,
that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not,
and it shall be given him.” James 1:5
God promises to liberally give us the wisdom needed to perform our tasks. As we see in James 1:6-7, all we have to do is ask in faith, without wavering.
I often make mistakes, do the wrong things and find myself in a mess while building my house. However, God’s wisdom always helps me to overcome my destructive foolishness, make improvements, and live the smarter way.
Bring It Home
Are you in need of fresh wisdom for building today?
Praying for you as we grow together,