The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands. Proverbs 14:1
46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:46-49, emphasis mine)
A wise woman builds her house by spending time with Jesus. She sits at His feet by being in His Word and speaking and listening to Him through prayer. She goes to Jesus, she hears His sayings, and she does them.
A wise woman is not shaken when the world around her is stormy.
She has built her home on a firm Foundation, on the solid Rock Jesus Christ.
A foolish woman, however, pulls her house down with her own hands. Why would anyone do this? Why would she destroy her own dwelling place?
Well, honestly I don’t think she means to. She may not even know she is doing it. But like the man who built his house on sand, she builds her home on flimsy, worthless, unstable things; which ultimately leads to her home tumbling down in ruin.
What are flimsy, worthless, unstable things? Anything that is not a product of going to the Savior, listening to Him, and doing as he says.
The foolish woman never goes, never listens, and/or never does. Instead, she tears down her own home by trying to keep it up all on her own, not ever turning to or relying on God.
We have a choice everyday: to be foolish or wise. We can do on our own or spend time with our Savior and truly behave like He is our Lord.
Lord in heaven, please teach me to be a wise woman. I confess that I have been foolish more often than not, trying to build my home and keeping it standing all on my own. I turn my home, my family, my life over to you. You are Lord of it all. I pray that you would remind, guide, and direct me to come to you daily, to listen to your Spirit, and do what you say. By your grace, may these three simple steps build a house that can not be shaken. In the name of your Son I pray. Amen.
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