I crave wisdom even more than a single-digit jeans size.
All the time, I come face to face with the realization that intelligence, talent, cleverness, or stellar SAT scores pale in comparison to the house-building wisdom of Proverbs 14:1.
The wise woman builds her house,
but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” (Proverbs 14:1)
When I fling wide my door in welcome to family and friends, hauling the batch of soup out of the freezer or the chips and salsa from the pantry shelves to make the meal stretch, I am in building mode.
When I hunker down to build block towers with my grands and ignore the layer of dust on the piano, I am investing wisely.
When I embrace the truth that my opinion is not required on every topic and at every occasion, I am resisting the wreckage of too many words, because there’s an embedded warning here in the second clause, and its wording prevents the reader from casting blame anywhere but her own poor choices: “with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”
The Hebrew word for foolish comes from the same root as the word evil. I’ve seen this with my own eyes, and likely you have, too. When I’ve spoken words of warning to women in the tearing down process, their responses have been chilling–not hormonal, not simply careless, but headlong forays into the dark pit of selfishness and heartbreak for everyone in the household.
Rather than ending on this sad note, let’s commit ourselves today to the building life. God’s mercy and forgiveness are rich for redeeming the foolish destruction.
His wisdom is the gift extended to all who come empty:
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5)
Let’s be builders together,
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