Book: Proverbs 24
“A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.”
This proverb applies to building a home, business, career, relationship, church, ministry or even one’s life. When building, it is important to have a blue print with all of the information needed on it. The plan provides information at every stage so that the builder knows what to do. For a builder to disregard it and build something differently than what the engineer has drawn up puts the whole project at risk.
Another important part of building is making sure that there is a solid foundation that will support the structure even in the worst conditions. Matthew 7:24-27 speaks to this: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” (ESV) Jesus challenges the people to listen to Him and obey.
People often cry out to God for help (and wisdom) in the midst of the storms but get too busy for Him when everything is going well. This is like trying to patch up the leaks and weaknesses while the storm is raging. How much better it is to build all the time with God’s wisdom so that when the storms come there is protection. Each day He desires to speak wisdom into people’s lives. It may seem like small wisdom, but it is important just like those little metal pieces (called nails) hammered strategically into the wood. Each one of them helps make the building strong.
Stop and consider what you are building. How can you apply God’s wisdom in every part of it? The first step is listening and then obeying. If you ask Him for wisdom to build, He will provide it!