“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures” (Proverbs 24:3-4).
Think about building a house. How I construct it reveals how long it will last. The structure will either be strong or limited depending on how much understanding I have of construction and how much knowledge I bring to the project. When placed on a firm foundation and constructed well, my house shall be something of great beauty.
Think about our spiritual life as a house. This proverb offers a great promise. If I build my spiritual life well, my life will be filled with rare and beautiful treasures that only the Holy Spirit brings. If I don't build my spiritual house well, my life, totally uninviting to the Holy Spirit, shall be filled instead with the trash of despair and desperation.
The construction manual for my house must be the Word of God or any attempt at spiritual growth will absolutely fail. I begin my spiritual journey to build a strong house by seeking wisdom. “If any of you lacks wisdom” James writes, “you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5). If I ask for wisdom it be given.
Within the pages of my spiritual house-building manual, there is clear instruction that His wisdom brings to light. If I seek to understand His Word, I will find understanding of its instruction. My spiritual life will be grounded in His truth. “Through understanding” the proverb says, “my house is established.”
“Through knowledge its room are filled with rare and beautiful treasures!” When I thoroughly know His spiritual construction manual, it builds my life. Each room is prepared for the best. My heart and mind are ready for His arrival. Every corner and every crevice is cleaned and prepared. When the Holy Spirit arrives, in all His beauty and splendor, He fills my life, each corner and crevice, with the rare and beautiful treasure of His presence.
My house shall be built throughout all the days of my life. And in the end, I pray He finds it one of great beauty.