The Bible tells us that “by wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures” (Proverbs 24:3-4). I shared these verses with a good friend of mine and her beloved, who have recently moved into their new home in Australia.
The metaphor of building can be applied to people in different stages of life. Intentionally or not, we make progress in building our integrity, reputation, habit, study/career, relationship, family, community and legacy. Hence, it is critical what we use for these building projects. Materials such as gold, silver or precious stones can endure fire and last, while wood, hay or straw do not (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). Its implication can be in the countless choices we make daily as well as the priorities and values we place on our decisions. Its result is a function of how we invest our time, energy and resources. It matters whether we envision a long term life mission or complete a short term checklist. Such differentiation requires us to seek wisdom and apply our understanding and knowledge.
It is said that a wise man builds his house on rock and a foolish one on sand (Matthew 7:24-27). This parable advocates that the wise obeys and puts his learning into practice. He hears, understands, and accepts the word. Subsequently, he counts the cost, rolls up his sleeves, and digs deep into effortful hard work. It is often the case that one’s understanding is deepened with experiential and reflective practices.
Let us be a faithful and teachable doer of God’s word. Seek Godly wisdom and apply our understanding and knowledge to honor and glorify God. Our God is a generous giver who supplies us with heavenly wisdom when we seek Him with good motive (James 1:5).