Proverbs 14:1 Woman Posted on November 14th, 2009
Part of my daily reading of God’s word includes a chapter of Proverbs, reading the chapter that corresponds with the day of the month. While each of the chapters in Proverbs challenge and teach, when I come to the 14th day and read chapter 14 it always makes me……pause.
The wisest of women builds her house,
but folly with her own hands tears it down.
- Proverbs 14:1
The second part of the verse makes me fearful: I do not want to tear my house down! So, what makes a woman wise? Where does that wisdom come from? How can one be wise? Does it just happen with age and experience?
God’s word tells us that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. Do I have the fear of the Lord? Really? Do I really examine everything I do in the light of God’s word?
The entire chapter of Proverbs 14 is full of teaching about wisdom. Here are just a few:
The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way. v. 8
The prudent gives thought to his ways/steps v.15
One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil. v.16
In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence and his children will have a refuge. v.26
Prudent and discern are two words that I really need to make sure I understand.
The 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary gives me the best definitions for these words – you can find their definitions here – prudent and discern.
So as I seek to build my house and not tear it down with my own two hands, I need to daily renew my mind with His word, I need to daily pray and plead for His wisdom and discernment, I need to daily build my house!