A woman will either be a blessing or a curse to her household: she is either building or demolishing according to Proverbs 14:1. The woman who has wisdom is constructing; the foolish woman who has no wisdom is destroying. There doesn’t appear to be a middle road; a woman is doing one thing or the other. The one results in peace and blessing; the other brings confusion and discord. The home will either be growing in beauty or on its way to becoming a heap of rubble.
What is it that makes the difference? The presence or absence of wisdom in the person given the responsibility of managing the home, and that is the woman. So where do we get this indispensable wisdom and what is it exactly? We know that the prerequisite for wisdom is the fear of the Lord. A God-fearing woman is teachable and receptive to godly instruction.
Little girls have their eyes on their role models. They are closely watching the examples set before them by their mothers, grandmothers, big sisters, or other women in their lives. If they are paying attention to their instruction, this will, by the grace of God, develop into a good understanding. And that, in turn, ripens into a godly judgment and prudence which we can call wisdom.
Wise women see the potential consequences of their behavior, so they make good choices, even (or especially) when those choices run against the fleshly grain. They have the good sense to see how things they do and say affect others. They weigh their actions against the biblical standard and seek to please God, not themselves.
And wisdom is eager to put things right when others have been wronged. No woman on earth, wise or not, is going to make it through a day without sinning. Wisdom loves to repent and is eager to extend forgiveness to others. A little godly wisdom goes a long way toward building a house, and a little foolishness slows the construction process down. Wisdom has an eye on the big picture and keeps oversight on the progress.
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Thank you for that wise reminder!!
“…a woman is doing one thing or the other.”
“A God-fearing woman is teachable and receptive to godly instruction.”
“…and seek to please God, not themselves.”
May God continue to sanctify and mold me into a woman of godly wisdom. Thank you for this call and reminder to build my home by wisdom.
Hallelujah & Amen!
I loved reading this! Thanks!
I wholeheartedly agree with Melissa. Amen. Thank you Nancy.
“Wisdom loves to repent and is eager to extend forgiveness to others.”
What great words of wisdom. Thank you.
“Wise women see the potential consequences of their behavior…” Yes, indeed. And the better a woman gets at seeing the potential consequences of all her behavior and speech the better she will eventually get at hiding herself from sin and foolishness.
Proverbs says: “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; The simple pass on and are punished.”
Oh, may the Lord pour out His wisdom upon us! Thank you, Nancy. This post is very rich. It is one which I will have to print out and read and contemplate over.
“Little girls have their eyes on their role models. They are closely watching the examples set before them by their mothers, grandmothers, big sisters, or other women in their lives. If they are paying attention to their instruction, this will, by the grace of God, develop into a good understanding. And that, in turn, ripens into a godly judgment and prudence which we can call wisdom.”
Exactly. I pray all my mother has lived before me will show in my life as well!