Friday Morning Reflections – Wisdom Literature
Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. (Proverbs 24:3-4)
The Spiritual Edifice
As the home goes so goes a nation; as the home goes so goes the church. There is no more basic relationship than what is found in the home. Established within its walls is the structure of character forming the soul of a child to become a person of change in the years to come. Every home has character. Every person impacts change. The question has always been what kind of character and what change is brought upon society. Children who live in homes filled with love, respect and honor learn how to bring about change through those virtues. When the home is filled with hatred, prejudice and vice the world suffers as a consequence.
Wisdom and understanding is how God intended the home to be established. In all creation a pattern of order was given by the hand of the Creator for the happiness of man. Adam and Eve could not be satisfied with the wisdom of God’s will and rebelled destroying their garden home. The flood annihilated the people of Noah’s day because they built their homes upon the perverse wisdom of carnal desires. Israel as a nation was destroyed when they rejected the basic principles of righteous wisdom. When the home is no longer filled with the wisdom of the Lord ruin follows.
A secure home is built by the wisdom of the word of God. The walls of the family are established upon the principles of righteousness. Families who fill their lives with the grace of God will find greater happiness and contentment. The subtle persuasions of Satan have taken away the family time so important to the spiritual growth of husbands and wives, fathers and mothers and children. We are so busy with being busy we have little time for the spiritual edifice building of the home. Lost in the shuffle of our lives is the reading of God’s word.
Take time today to ask yourself: what have I done this week to build the home with God at the center? Has the Bible remained closed in the hectic pursuit of life neglecting the words of wisdom necessary to give happiness? The home is built upon the wisdom of God and everything we do as a family must be established upon a spiritual desire to serve Him. When the Lord is not the center of the home the home is off center.
Anyone can build an altar; it requires a God to provide the flame. Anybody can build a house; we need the Lord for the creation of a home. (John Henry Jowett, Thirsting for the Springs, 1903)