This devotional can be used as an object lesson.
House Under Construction
Posted September 1, 2008
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. Proverbs 14:1
We bought a home less than a year ago. When we considered it for purchase there were several things we needed to check on first. It was built in the 60's but even though it was built that long ago, the way it was originally built has a lot to do with the condition of the home today.
When we were considering the home, it didn't matter how much remodeling or upgrading had been done, there were structural things that had to be checked. A strong foundation and structure had to be put into place at the time the house was being built. The electrical and plumbing and everything else entailed had to be in working order before we could consider purchasing the home.
Almost all of the things that were important to check on all went back to how the house was constructed.
Proverbs 14:1 talks about a wise woman building her house. When we build our homes as Christian women there have to be things put into place in order for our homes and our families to stand strong and endure the test of time.
(Object: Phone Book or Yellow Pages)
If we are going to build a house, we have to start by choosing an architect. Where are we going to find one? We need someone who knows what he is doing. God should be our architect. What a masterpiece He gave Noah to construct. Look at those details.
Have you looked around lately at God's wonders? He's got quite a portfolio!
We need help in building our house. If we go building on our own, we aren't going to be as knowledgeable as an architect, especially God. His plans aren't always going to be our plans and what we would want but He knows what's best for us.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,saith the LORD. Isaiah 55:8
Before even considering building a house we need to have some plans. We have to have something to follow. Our blueprints are the Word of God. It gives us all the directions and details that we need in order for us to build our house.
No matter what, there are rains that will come into our lives and our homes. Relationships between husbands and wives and children will be tested. Even the best of marriages have difficulties. Financial problems may come. There's always going to be something that is going to test whether our house is strong.
God's Word is where we will find the answers. We have to meditate on God's Word and hunger and thirst for it. We have to start with what He has laid out for our lives in order for us to wisely build our house.
God is the Master Designer and His blueprints are the ones we need to follow. Matthew 7:24-27 talks about what will happen if we don't hear Christ's Word and do them.
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them,
I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and
beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not,
shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds
blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
(Object: Brick or Stone)
Our foundation for our house is so important. To wisely build our house we have to know Christ. We have to know Him on a personal level and accept Him as our Lord. Our salvation in Him is what makes our foundation. Without Him, our house is not going to set right.
Christ keeps us level. He is our rock. If you are struggling, check your relationship with Christ. Is He important to you? Have you forgotten that He should be the head of your home?
In Revelation 2, the passage talks about leaving your first love. We need to check and see if we are using Christ for our foundation or replacing Him with things that aren't going to bear weight.
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Revelation 2:4
As we are building our house, the floors are one of the first things put into place. They sit right on top of the foundation. Our floors are our walk with Christ. The activities and things we are involved in reflect in how our home is built. Our steps we take in life have to line up with Christ.
We have to go back to that blueprint to see how we are supposed to live. To wisely build our house we are going to have to live holy and consecrated lives to the Lord. We are going to have to teach that to our children. Others will see by what transpires in our homes, on our floors as it were, whether or not we are walking with Christ.
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:15,16
(Object: Wood or Cardboard)
Walls are usually assembled and then put into place. They provide rigid barriers for us. Having Christ-likeness does that for us and provides us our walls. The more we become like Christ the more we'll be able to stand on our own.
We have to get into God's Word and learn all we can about Christ and what He taught us. We have to teach that to our children as well. We have to involve them in God's word.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:6,7
(Object: Small Plunger or Drain Stopper)
Our provider of our plumbing as we are wisely building our house should be the Holy Spirit. We need to allow Him to flow through us. Plumbing is such a big essential in our homes.
Have you ever had plumbing problems? When there is a problem with our plumbing in can be exasperating and sometimes the repairs can be costly.
It's the same way with our relationship with the Holy Spirit. When we don't allow Him free reign, we are going to have problems. Living the way we should as Christians will allow the working of the Holy Spirit in us and it will reflect in our home.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:29-32
(Object: Extension Cord or Light Bulb)
Our love for Christ provides our electrical installation. To have that current flowing through us can only happen when we have our hearts in tune with Christ. This gives us power.
Our homes should be loving places. The way we rear our children, our relationship with our husbands, our hospitality to others-all of these should bear the marks of Christ's love flowing through us.
Are you familiar with those two verses in Proverbs?
It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman. Proverbs 21:19
It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house. Proverbs 25:24
No one wants to be in a home where there is constant arguing, bickering, and unrest. Showing Christ's love conquers those things and allows us to build our homes wisely.
(Object: Curtain Hook or Small Curtain/Valance)
Windows block out sound, weather, and give us a view. Building up our relationship with Christ can help do that. Spending time with Christ and loving Him will not only guard us but will also help us put things into perspective.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that
love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
(Object: Roof Tile--Piece of Dark Sandpaper)
It doesn't matter how we've built our house, unless we've put a good sturdy roof on it, it's not going to stand up to anything. Our prayer life is our roof. How's yours? Is it keeping out the elements and guarding you from the world?
Pray without ceasing. I Thessalonians 5:17
Going back to Proverbs 14:1 it says,
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
If we are not building up our house, then we are tearing it down like a foolish woman. We need to be busy working on our homes. It it so easy to allow things to filter into our homes that can cause damage but I think sometimes we focus on those things we see plainly that can ruin our homes such as television and the internet.
Those things can cause damage to the very essence of our homes, but we have to look at the way we've built our home to begin with so that those things don't have such a negative impact.
We have to look at whether we have we used the blueprints that God provided. Have we built our house on Christ as the foundation? Do we need to improve our relationship with Christ? Are we showing love through our home in how we treat our family and others? Do we make Christ a major part of our homes?
If we are not busy about those things, we are like the foolish woman who tears down her house with her own hands.
We have to literally work at building our homes if we want to do it wisely. We aren't given a time limit to build our homes and then that's all we do and we are done with it. We have to constantly work to keep that hammer in our hands and keep building.
If there are repairs to do, then we need to do them. If there's something that's not in place, such as a high priority on God's Word, then we need to put that in place in our homes.
It all goes back to those blueprints of God's Word. We have to be active in checking out the details that God put into place for us so that when we build our house, it's not going to crumble and fall.
So, are you building your house wisely?
Copyright ©2008 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
Use as an Object Lesson:
Place all the items into a basket or on a table. Remove the appropriate item, and give the application.
The Items Needed are the Following:
- Phone Book or Yellow Pages. (Architect)
- Blueprints. (Blueprints) You could copy some house plans from the web and roll up into a paper towel or wrapping paper tube. Search "house blueprints" or "house plans" in Google images and you'll find lots of them.
- Brick or Stone. (Foundation)
- Piece of Tile. (Floors) Use a tile sample.
- Piece of Wood or Cardboard. You could cover with wallpaper or scrap booking paper. (Walls)
- Small Plunger or Drain Stopper. (Plumbing)
- Extension Cord or Light Bulb. (Electrical)
- Curtain Hook or Small Curtain/Valance. (Windows)
- Roof Tile. You can use a dark piece of sandpaper to resemble one. (Roof)
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