Author: Charlotte Wheeler
“The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.” (Proverbs 14.1, ESV)
A house is the dwelling place of a family. It is much more than four walls and a roof. It should be a place of nurturing, comfort, peace and safety where God is glorified. Sadly we see that the house of the foolish woman is a broken down dwelling of neglect, turmoil, strife and danger!
On the other hand, the house of a wise woman is built on a rock-solid foundation. It will withstand the furious storms of life (Matthew 7:24-25). Building well requires strength and diligence. The woman of Proverbs 31 is our example here (Proverbs 31:17,27). No one could accuse her of being weak and lazy! The “and then some” principle is also important. Because life is filled with unexpected bumps and detours, the wise woman provides “extra” savings, resources, and supplies (Matthew 25:2-4). Most importantly, the Lord is the true builder of the wise woman’s house (Psalm 127:1). Her labor is not in vain.
As we build our families may we look to God for wisdom and strength to build for His glory with eternity in view.