By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; And by knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches
I’ll be moving with my family into a new home over the next couple of weeks so I wanted to meditate over a Proverb about the home. You see a lot of inspirational scripture wall hangings in stores with wonderful verses about love and peace and warmth and all that. But this verse stuck out in that it focuses (like much of Proverbs) on wisdom.
To me the verse reads as an illustration. The foundation of a house is wisdom and I would argue that Christ (the Cornerstone) is the embodiment of wisdom. So my desire in my home is to lead my family in the wisdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. To live my life according to his model and to always point to him when making decisions or teaching lessons.
The verse goes on to say that the house is established by understanding. In once sense it sounds repetitive but there’s a subtle difference there. The word “wise” is defined as “having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right; possessing discernment, judgment, or discretion.” The word “understanding” is defined as “mental process of a person who comprehends.” I think the difference here is that it understanding comes from wisdom and builds upon it, just like the house is built upon the foundation.
Finally the rooms of the house are filled with knowledge which are considered pleasant riches. Many people seek after knowledge in the academic world, sometimes to a fault. Obviously the Lord values knowledge in the proper setting, but without wisdom and understanding there are no “rooms” to put the knowledge. Without the proper foundation and structure, that knowledge can lead you astray.
So the goal and desire that I have for my new home is to establish it with a love of wisdom that comes from the Lord, to build up the structure with and understanding of the scriptures, and to fill the rooms with knowledge that will prove to be greater riches than all the silver and gold in the world for my family.