Summary: Homes are built with 3 primary tools: wisdom, understanding & knowledge. Wisdom is the ability to perceive with discernment, to view life as God sees it. Understanding is the skill to bring together the elements of life so that one can live with insight
PROVERBS 24: 3-4
IN SUPPORT OF THE HOME
An unknown author had this to say about marriage: "Getting married is easy. Staying married is more difficult. Staying happily married for a lifetime would be considered among the fine arts." The author may be right. The landscape of America is filled with the wreckage of millions of marriages. Divorce has happened to someone you know; perhaps it has happened to you. In the midst of such difficulty, how can a couple have a happy, successful marriage?
These two verses have to do with the building, the establishing and the firming up of the home. They are not so much a reference to a physical foundation built upon with hammer and nails, a trowel, mortar and bricks, as they are to building on the foundation of biblical truth in everyday life by conducting our relationships with wisdom, understanding and knowledge. A great house is not attained by matching the carpets and drapes with the new paint or adding a family room. That is not the type of building Solomon intended. The tools indicated are relational ones that build, establish and fill a home and demand far more skill than those used to create a physical house.
"By Wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches."
Solomon is suggesting that homes are built with three primary tools: wisdom, understanding and knowledge (CIT). Wisdom is the ability to perceive with discernment, to view life as God sees it. Understanding is the skill to bring together the elements of life so that one can respond to it or live it with insight. Knowledge is learning, discovering, growing and living with an eternal perspective.
I. WISDOM BUILDS A HOME, 3a.
God’s Word gives some specific plans for building a great relationship between husband and wife. As verse 3 teaches us, it begins [and ends (verse 14)] with God’s wisdom. "By wisdom a house is built,"
A house could refer to constructing literal houses or, more likely, to the undertaking of building a home or family [or any enterprise]. [House in Hebrew is bayith, bahyith, also translated home, household, family, descendants.] The use of house here seems symbolic of the life of an individual or family.
Whatever enterprise we undertake requires wisdom. This wisdom originates in God and is from God and is learned through fellowship with Him. Wisdom in Proverbs is not simply intellectual but it has as its roots in reverence and obedience to God which results in righteousness or right belief, right thinking and right conduct. By this wisdom every household, be it great or small, prospers and attains to a nourishing and uplifting state. Just as the Lord founded the earth by wisdom (Prov. 3:19) so we need the same for building our house.
Wisdom is the skill to see with discernment, maintaining a broad yet accurate view of life. By means of wisdom a house is built so that those within don’t simply exist, they flourish, they reach their full potential. By wisdom a home can also be rebuilt or restored to God’s original design and purpose.