(#164) The Proverbs of Solomon 24:3-6-Wisdom Builds Houses and Lives

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 24:3-6: “Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; By knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is strong, Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.”

Building a house is an illustration of applied wisdom: the dream is expressed, detailed plans are made and then followed. Every house follows this procedure, therefore every house is an expression of wisdom. “For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4). “Wisdom” shows the thoughtfulness of the plan; “understanding” shows the application to the materials; “knowledge” completes the details of the plan in building a house.

When wisdom is applied to life, itself, it’s a strengthening exercise that makes one “strong.” A truly “wise” person first “knows” what should be the right course of action; second, realizes his/her personal, individual responsibility in “war;” third, knows to gather various opinions from “counselors” (advisors) to see if there may be other factors to consider.

“Knowledge” gives “strength” to overcome many situations when “fools” don’t know what to do: “They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed” (1 Peter 2:8).

“War” should not always just be associated with violent conflict between nations, but also with the spiritual “war” each one of us must fight: “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:11-12).

It does no good to just follow the majority opinion, for the majority is not always right, as those who recommended sailing against the inspired prophetical advisory of Paul (Acts 27:9-21) found out!

Another proverb teaches this same principle: “If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small” (Proverbs 24:10).

A wise man/woman will build a strong house, preparing for the storms of life by obeying the wisdom of Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:24-27).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #houses, #knowledge, #life, #lives, #proverbs, #strength, #strong, #understanding, #wisdom

The Greek Mind

It has been said that the Greeks were people of great intellectual ability. It has also been said that “the Greeks placed no value on humility” (Roper, p. 437). To have great intellectual ability means that one is not to submit to being humble, right? Perhaps if we accepted some of that which had been said about the Greeks long ago! Fortunately, we don’t have to look (and accept) the Greeks of long ago; instead, let us look unto Jesus. Humility is strength. It is strong when the circumstances around you are erupting; it is strength when others are exalting you to a point you have never been, or even want to go to; it is strong when the criticisms fly around like bullets in the midst of an intense battle. The Greeks placed no value on being humble, and I wonder why they gave up so much strength! The Lord humbled Himself for our benefit – now that’s a bit of strength that I want to emulate.

#greeks, #humility, #strong

“How strong are you today, Daddy?”

That was the question my 5-year-old asked me as he witnessed me getting on the scale recently.
My reply: “A little stronger than yesterday, son!” 🙂 (though I’m a bit “weaker” again today, thankfully)

My son can’t wait to hit 50 pounds on the scale; he knows he’ll be strong then! LOL

#kids, #strong, #weight

What trial has made me stronger? When I,…

What trial has made me stronger? When I, along with 550 other folks, was laid off from a major gas pipeline company back in 1996. Many of us could have retired with just a few days until retirement, but the company’s cutoff date prevented that from happening. For a while, I was bitter, but later on realized that the layoff caused me to trust in the Lord more than I ever had before.

There’s a positive aspect in trials and tribulations, in that they cause us to trust in the Lord for everything we have, and be thankful that we have such a loving and caring God.

#care, #love, #strong, #thankful, #trial, #tribulation