“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”
Makes you think of owls with spectacles, right?
But wisdom is a lot more than feathers and fowl.
Wisdom is “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.” In a spiritual sense, wisdom is the careful and correct application of Biblical truth.
Construction is definitely an area of expertise that requires application of knowledge. Nothing built willy-nilly or without a sure plan would stand for very long.
In the same way, constructing a life requires application of knowledge – wisdom. This verse in Proverbs speaks of a building project, with both literal and spiritual learnings attached.
Yesterday we explored the idea of property lines, that God has given each of us a specific space on which to build a life. This verse in Proverbs tells us that we can participate in the real estate development process.
To some extent, the beauty and attractiveness of our ‘property’ depends on us.
We are born into a life. We don’t have much say about that – we can’t choose our parents or socio-economic status, our talents, our temperaments, our resources or access to education.
Our ‘property lines’ have been drawn.
But – small or large, good soil or clay, mountainous or swampy – that piece of property has been gifted for our benefit. We have been blessed with a life.
The question is not what you have been given. That part is totally out of our hands.
The question is, what will we do with what we have been given?
Wisdom would clear the land and prepare the site before building. Wisdom would research building techniques appropriate to site conditions. Wisdom would carefully select good materials before construction began.
And wisdom would build on a solid foundation, so that what was built would last.
I have been given a lot in life.
What will I build upon it?
What will I choose to fill that life with? Rare and beautiful treasures?
Or cheap knock-offs?
I could waste a lot of time whining about my allotted space. Or, I could roll up my sleeves, get the blueprints out, and grab a hammer.
What will you build on your property?
Make wise plans for some real estate development with me?
Father, thank You for what You have given me as a gift. Help me to value it and make plans to increase its value by participating with You in constructing a life filled with purpose, wisdom, and beautiful treasures. Amen.