“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1
“The wise woman builds her house.” How does she do it? What are the building blocks she uses? Jesus addressed this in Matthew 7 when he talked about wise and foolish builders. Being a wise builder starts with hearing the words of the Lord. It is critically important in our Christian life that we read the Word of God. It is vital that we hear the Word of God. We can combine the two and read it out loud so that we are listening and reading at the same time. Or we can use our computers or phones to hear it read to us and follow along in the text. We can listen to our pastors, preachers, and teachers that we trust to teach us from the Word. But hearing is not sufficient in itself to becoming a wise builder.
In verses 24-27 of Matthew 7, Jesus gave us the key. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Can we see the similarities? Both the wise and foolish builders heard the Word of the Lord. The difference lies in putting into practice what they heard.
The wise builder does what the Scripture tells him or her to do and that is like building your house on a solid rock. And when the storms come, the house stands.
The foolish builder does not take it to heart. Stuffing ourselves with the Scripture is admirable, but if we never put the teaching to use we become fat little babies, hoarding our knowledge, unwise, foolish builders, because we are feeding ourselves, not others. We are building for ourselves, not the Kingdom.
And when the storms come, the house falls.
God, I really want to be a wise builder, taking to heart and putting into practice all that I see and all that I hear in Your Word.