Summary: “Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge its rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”

Building a Well Established, Treasure Filled House

Proverbs 24:3

“Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge its rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” NKJV

the NIV says rare and beautiful treasures

Whether we want to believe it or not, we are all involved in a building program. The things we say, the action we take and the thoughts that we believe all go into the pot to shape the house that we are constructing. A new year brings with it a new chance to “remodel” our house if we don’t like the way it looks.

Life progresses and we need to progress with it. I think of it simply as four segments:

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As I grew up my desires would change…first I wanted a bottle and pacifier, then toys, then a bike, then a car, then an apartment, then a wife and then a house(or a wife that already had a car and a house)..the home would be a symbol of achievement, someplace to call my own. I think it would be safe to say that just about everyone longs to have their own home someday.

I would like you to think about your personal building project this morning not necessarily being something physical, but rather mental, emotional and spiritual. What type of structure are you building with your life and what do people see when they look at the construction? The fact of the matter is that we should always be building something spiritually and God has established a way for us to insure that something new is always taking place for us. The bible says that His mercies are new every morning so we approach each day with an “earnest expectation and hope”(Phil 1:20) of our building plans.

How can we be sure that our “spiritual” house will be completed as God desires? How can we be sure that it will not use its value? How can we fill it with the things that are on God’s heart?

Our scripture today says that “through wisdom a house is built”. Eccl 9:18 tells us that wisdom is better than weapons of war. Wisdom was there at the beginning of it all…through wisdom God founded the earth.

Wisdom would be defined as discretion; judgment

Some wise thoughts I have heard would include:

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you do criticize them, you’re a mile away and you will have their shoes.

If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

Many folks start building before they are ready…which is not wise. We are on the verge of starting our infiltration of the community by going to people’s homes…you know what we will find? People that are ready to build, people that are building prematurely and people that are content right where they are. So why will we go? Because “he who wins souls is wise.”

Wisdom discerns when we are ready…it’s the “principal thing”, its better than all the things that you could compare to it.

A wise man is strong, able to receive rebuke and profit from it.

Through wisdom a house is built…it takes time, its not prefab…its board attached to board, brick laid upon brick, line upon line, precept upon precept.

OK so its valuable, where do we get it?

James 1 tells us that is any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all men without reproach..generously, liberally…all the wisdom you need.

Wisdom responds different than expected…

A man went to work one morning very upset. A fellow-worker asked him what was wrong and he said, ‘My wife told me she had gone to a fortuneteller. The fortuneteller said to her, ‘I see your second husband in the crystal ball. He is handsome, brilliant and charming.”

“I can understand why you are so upset,” the fellow worker sympathized.

“Of course I’m upset,” the man replied. “Don’t you think your wife would tell you if she was married before?”

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…the first step is understanding who He is and how important He is to your life and your future…He told us that He has a plan for us…one that will benefit us and not hurt us, a plan that gives us the future that we long for and the results that we seek. It all starts with him, it all comes from him and it all ends with him.

Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom.

“by understanding it is established”

Some things are just hard to understand nowadays…

Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog’s face he gets mad at you?

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