“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” – Proverbs 24:3-4
Have you ever had the opportunity to ask someone you highly respect what their best piece of advice would be for your life? What if that one piece of advice could give you lasting success at what matters most to you in the whole world?
Certainly nothing is closer to our hearts than our families, whether that be our physical families, our church family, or the country and community in which we live. In the book of Proverbs, house can sometimes refer not only to our literal homes but also to our hearts (character), as well as our communities, work, or service. In these two verses we are given jewels of truth that are deeply strong and delicately beautiful, leading to great success at what matters most. If you need encouragement that you can change the climate within you and around you to bring lasting peace, security, influence and bountiful blessing, listen carefully to this sage advice.
By wisdom a house is built.
The Hebrew word for wisdom here stresses both accuracy and the ability to discern what lies beneath the surface. It digs deep to consider what is not being said or seen: the needs, desires and motivations at the core of our and other’s hearts. The word for build communicates restoration. It carefully acts to bring something (or someone) to the point of flourishing and thriving again. Are you actively looking deeper in order to better love by restoring and refreshing hearts?
Through understanding it is established.
Understanding here in the Hebrew conveys the idea of responding with insight. It is practically pressing in to gain and offer perspective. It does more than see the larger picture; it acts personally to apply the balm of help or healing. To establish literally means to “set in order,” as in to put back into place. How are you purposefully seeking perspective in order to set things right in and around you?
Through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
The word Solomon chose for knowledge emphasizes learning with careful attentiveness, and listening for the purpose of living out the truth. We do this as we stay humbly teachable and consistently curious to know more in order to grasp and grow. As we do, the place of building is filled, picturing satisfying abundance and lasting fulfillment. What a difference it would make if our hearts and homes were not just filled with lesser things but fulfilled through the precious and pleasant riches given by God Himself!
This is some power-packed advice that can make a very real difference today right where you and I live. May each of us carefully consider these words of wisdom and allow the Lord to lead us to purposefully establish grace-filled, glorious places within and around us that honor the richness of his love he so freely has poured out upon us.
Father God, you have offered to give me so much more than I have even yet thought to ask and press toward for my heart and home. Please grant me your wisdom, a greater understanding, and more of your knowledge that I might respond in a way that brings restoration and refreshment to those you have given me to live with and love. Help me to learn and listen with a heart that is fully committed to filling my life as well as the lives of others with all that is precious, pleasant and pure. In Jesus’ name, amen.
– Jill Rhodes