“The wise woman builds her house,
but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1
While a wise woman could build her house, because she is to work vigorously and be physically strong (Proverbs 31:17), that is not what this verse is talking about. The building, fixing, providing, leading, protecting, all the muscle stuff is the mans role. Turning a pile of wood and nails into a house is the job for your husband, if he’s willing to physically build a house.
If not, and because its often faster, easier and safer to just buy a premade pile of wood and nails….just saying ;)…he’s still provider of the house.
However, that pile of boards and nails is all it would remain without a woman’s touch. The one whose role in building the house involves the very hearts of those who occupy that cold mound of sticks and tacks.
The wife, mom, woman of the house builds it strong, ready to weather any storm of life by nourishing those hearts with love, kindness, orderliness, discernment, beauty, warmth, harmony, unity, joy and acceptance.
She watches day and night that her loved ones are fed, comfortable, clothed, lavished with love, spoken kindly to, taught right from wrong and to resolve conflicts peacefully.
She’s the one who teaches them to laugh, sing and play together. She goes from room to room constantly tending to the affairs of her household, making sure everything runs smoothly and harmoniously.
The woman’s role deals with heart issues and relationships. Those get messy. Very messy. Praise the Lord she has a divine blueprint spelled out in Gods word to help her set the moral and spiritual climate of her home.
A wise woman builds her house spiritually by demonstrating her godly character day in and day out. By teaching her children the things of the Lord. By being an example of the things of the Lord to her husband.
A wise woman builds her house economically by her dedicated hard work, profiting the whole family with her efforts.
A wise woman builds her house with the Lord. She goes to God’s word to find wisdom on how to respond to the hard things of life. She goes to God’s word to find strength for the huge trial. She goes to God’s word for comfort when life breaks her heart. For encouragement and discernment when she gets weary of doing life, marriage and family the way He designed.
She goes to His Divine blueprint when the boards and nails crumble and the foundations get shaken.
She builds her house for the Lord. According to to His Divine plan. Even when all others around her don’t. Even when all others scorn her. Even when the world says she’s weak because she does it God’s way. Even when God’s way is hardest. She builds it for the Lord.
Join me in prayer…
Father, thank you for Your beautiful plan for us as a women. Thank you that You have written a blueprint for us to follow. Drive us back to that blueprint often. Help us read Your plan clearly when life crowds in around us and all goes wrong. Give us strength for each moment. In the highs and the lows, Lord, You are there, encouraging, holding, stabilizing our houses as we strive to build them with You and for You. Thank you for Your great plan even when we don’t understand the whys. Let us not grow weary of doing good. May Your will be done in our houses, our hearts, our lives. All for You, Lord. All for You. Amen.