Friday, 24 April 2020
Proverbs 24.3-4 ESV
By wisdom a house is built,
and by understanding it is established;
by knowledge the rooms are filled
with all precious and pleasant riches.
King Solomon is also well known for his grandeur in building the Temple of God, his many palaces, stables to all his collection of horses and chariots, and the numerous beautiful palaces for his wives and concubines. He is not just talking about building just structures. He is talking about building homes, families, and individuals. He boils down to three very important elements to be successful in building our houses our homes and our lives or our church. These three elements are Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge. The most wonderful thing is that they are freely available to all who search for them.
Here Solomon says we not only build, but also maintain, and furnish a physical house or a home. The word, “build” means to set up, to erect, to construct, or it can mean to rebuild or repair.
Proverbs 8:12-14 (NIV)
12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess knowledge and discretion.
13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
I have insight, I have power.
By wisdom a house is built. Wisdom is prudence. It also refers to wisdom in handling practical matters with good judgement or common sense. People with wisdom also have the ability to plan ahead. They have the ability to keep themselves from being misled. Jesus instructed the disciples, “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” and this is prudence. Be wise and not be naïve as we go about building our homes and our lives.
By understanding a house is established. Understanding is referred to as intelligence, insight, skill, reasoning, and discernment. It takes planning, effort, thought, skill, and understanding to build and maintain a house or a home. Established means to be firm, be stable, make secure, make ready, to stand in an upright position. This house is built to withstand, the storms of life. If our home is built and established with wisdom and understanding, we as a family will be able to go through the tests and trials of life.
By Knowledge, a house is filled with valuable things. Once the house is built and is maintained, it also needs to be tastefully furnished. A house that is filled with valuable and pleasant riches not by greed, and dishonesty but by wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Material wealth is never spoken as evil in the Bible. The Bible is not against the possession of wealth but it cautions us not to be possessed by WEALTH. The warning is against loving these precious treasures, hoarding them, being selfish with them and making idols out of them. Material possessions are themselves neutral. The real issue is our heart’s attitude towards them. Is easy to build but hard to maintain, just look around our once beautiful public buildings but a few years later they became dilapidated and falling apart due to neglect. This is true with many marriages. We started well but due to lack of loving maintenance, our families are falling apart.
When you see someone with a beautiful, well-constructed, well-furnished house or home, we know they must have put in a lot of hard work of wisdom, understanding and knowledge, to be what it is today.
Maintenance: One of the big issues of maintenance in the home is relationship. Husbands love, wives submit and children obey. These scriptural injunctions that cause much conflict in the home. This past week in our devotion on wives’ submission and children’s obedience, may have ignited some interesting discussion in your home or homegroup. It is easier to see results when we as children of God set a good example to those we talk to. We must walk the talk. We must submit in the Lord when the submission is not against the scripture. I know of a young Christian girl was asked by the mother to put a charm to the suspected lover of the father. This young Christian lady told her mom, “Sorry, I can’t do it because I am a Christian.” There is much conflict in obedience between parents and children is in the area of choosing of career. This is a very tricky one. I understand my role as a father to two lovely girls is not to dictate to them what I want for them. My is job is to guide them to seek the mind of Christ for their lives together with them. Once they have decided that’s what God wants them to do, I will give my best to help them to achieve it with the help of God. Parents let us be careful! Please don’t impose our unrealized dream on your children.
Wealth: This is another area of great contention and strife in the home. Is not so much as to what we have or don’t have. The real issue is what is wealth to us. We must recognize all that we have belong to God. We are but stewards or managers of the wealth God has given to us. How do we gain our wealth? How do we use it? Are we contented with what we have? In our current situation many of us are facing, the reality of losing our jobs, pay cuts, and if the MCO prolongs, we might run out of money. I pray that we will not fret but trust God and his providence. In reality, this is where the family is so important. PBC is a family of God’s people. We are here to support each other. I know many are shy to share their needs. It is difficult to read minds if we don’t share. No one will know what to do to help. I assure you that we will not embarrass you when we try to come alongside you during this is a difficult time. Please call me or any of the pastors, elders, deacons and deaconesses. We count it a privilege to walk alongside with you.
Pastor Isaac Yim
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