Words from the Heart for Sunday August 12th, 2018
A wise woman builds her house. But a foolish woman tears hers down with her own hands.
Proverbs 14:1 (NIRV)
A Wise Woman
We have a very big impact on our families. How we treat them matters to the Lord. This verse instructs us that our attitudes can either destroy our homes or we can ask the Lord for wisdom to build up our homes and the lives of each one. The Lord is willing to help us right at home. And, He is available to us to see our homes become places of peace and harmony.
A poll released earlier this year suggests Canadians have a lot to learn about the accomplishments of some of the country’s most famous women. The survey found the majority of Canadians couldn’t name the achievements of such famous women as Emily Carr and Lucy Maud Montgomery. Only 37 per cent of respondents to the poll could identify Carr’s accomplishments as a painter, while only 27 per cent knew that Montgomery’s fame sprang from her authorship of such Canadian literary classics as “Anne of Green Gables.”
The book of Proverbs is filled with practical teaching, based on the wisdom that God had given to King Solomon. He spent his life watching human nature and he recorded his observations as practical advice for successful living. One of the things he noticed was that wise men and women worked hard to ensure that their homes and families were stable and healthy. So he wrote this in Proverbs 14:1: “A wise woman builds her house. But a foolish woman tears hers down with her own hands.” When I was in pastoral ministry, I often met with couples for counseling. Far too often marriages and families were in trouble because people were more interested in their own selfish needs and desires than what is best for the marriage or family. They put themselves above everyone else in their families. And even when things were crumbling around them, they couldn’t get past what was best for them alone. They were tearing down their homes, to use Solomon’s words here. This is foolishness. A wise person recognizes that what is best for the family is best for them. How can you build your home today?
These have been words from the heart.