may never come . . . that we need to commit
this one day to the Maker of it and follow
Him where He goes.
So, what does He require of us in this day
that will affect the eternal, lasting vision of
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what
is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to
love mercy, and to walk humbly with
thy God?” (Micah 6: 8).
What does that look like in practicality?
To do justly looks like waking up each day
with the purpose of not just doing what
is right in our own eyes, but what is right
in God’s eyes. It looks like loving mercy
rather than justice in our relationships,
lovingkindness rather than a sharp tongue,
pardon rather than condemnation; true
sacrificial love rather than just a martyr-syndrome attitude. It is a humble walk with
your God. Step where He steps, how He
steps, and when He steps, and you will be
doing what the LORD requires of you.
After all, whose day is it anyway? Is it
ours to do with as we please? And whose
house is it that we live in? All good things
come from the Father.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift
is from above, and cometh down from
the Father of lights, with whom is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1: 17).
Whose House Is It?
Often, and understandably, our life consists
of thinking about the house we live in and
all that entails, including who is living there
with us, and the physical circumstances that
surround us. But let’s change that perspective from the house we live in to the house
God lives in. If we are His house, I venture to
say that He is thinking about all things pertaining to this house. His house should be a
house of prayer. Are we houses of prayer? Is
prayer even important to us? Why would He
want that for His house? Because He knows
we desperately need it. We can be like stubborn two year olds who say, “I do it myself!”
rather than leaning on the help He so readily
wants to give. Speaking to an unseen God,
knowing that He hears, is an act of faith.
Prayer demonstrates faith in a God we do
not see. Where is your faith? In your plans,
in your expectations for your life, or in the
God Who dwells in your house?
As a bride says “I do” she takes on her
husband’s desires and plans and they become one in purpose. The bride follows
her groom. A wedding involves commitment, preparation, purpose, and effort to
see her vision come to life. Do we have that
kind of commitment, preparation, and
purpose to be the women God has called
us to be? Are we partnering with Him for
His purposes in every area of our lives, including the raising of His children? And
how do we build our house (spiritual and
physical)? Proverbs 24 tells us how we are
to build, establish, and fill our houses. This
is doubtless important since this is one of
our main jobs as women.
“Through wisdom a house is built,
and by understanding it is established. By knowledge the rooms are
filled with all precious and pleasant
riches” (Proverbs 24: 3, 4 ESV). 1
How a House is Built: by Wisdom
“Through wisdom a house is built . . .” Any
other foundation is shaky ground or sinking sand. If we build our house on the Rock
of Christ then that house is immoveable,
unchangeable, and able to withstand every
storm. If we build our house with our own
wisdom, we will not weather the storms. We
are to build with God’s wisdom—every Word
of God—which is profitable for every area
of your life, every decision you make, every
time of confusion or uncertainty. Build your
house with purpose and passion based on
wisdom. Don’t use lesser tools. Know what
you are building. You are building a place of
security and comfort for your family that will
withstand every storm. And again, that has to
do with having your own spiritual house occupied with the Giver of Wisdom, Himself.
How a House is Established: by
“. . . and by understanding it is established.”
We tend to lean hard on our own understanding because we believe we are right.
How to get out of that rut is to cry out for
understanding beyond ourselves, and acknowledge Him, and He promises to direct
our path (Proverbs 3: 5, 6). It is not so much
how right we are, but it is whose understanding we are establishing our house on.
“Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding,
that I may learn thy commandments.”
(Psalm 119: 73).
Establish your house in understanding: acknowledging God in every aspect of
your life, leaning on and obeying His commands—what He wants for you and your
home, not necessarily what you think it
How a House is Filled: by
“By knowledge the rooms are filled with all
precious and pleasant riches.” Knowledge
of God and His Word fills your home with
more eternal riches than you could possibly
create with your own knowledge. Fill your
heart and home with God Himself. Let the
children see the jewels of a humble heart
in love with her Maker. Fear Him, and you
will find all the riches you need.
“By humility and the fear of the LORD
are riches, and honour, and life”
(Proverbs 22: 4).
This shows us that the right kind of fear is
the fear of the LORD. Let’s talk about one of
our biggest enemies as women: the wrong
kind of fear. This enemy threatens to tear
the house down.
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