What Every Home Needs (Proverbs 9:1)
Proverbs 9:1, Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
From Proverbs 1-8, Solomon has taught his son about the importance of wisdom and the risks of foolishness. Proverbs 9 is his conclusion to these lessons. Wisdom has something better than any mansion on earth. It has pillars. Pillars give a building strength and beauty, as does God’s Word. They gives us strength. Its beauty is real and unfading. The actual doing of God’s Word is the foundation that brings strength, security and blessing. Seven is no doubt symbolic of completeness and perfection: God's word is sufficient because it comes from the only wise God. It is a home where everything we need is supplied.
The seven pillars speak primarily of two things. First, the size of wisdom’s house: by comparison, Solomon’s temple had two pillars. Wisdom’s house is large and spacious. There is sufficient room for all who accept her invitation. Second, the strong foundation of wisdom’s house: wisdom’s house is well-supported and is built on a solid foundation. Those who live wisely are safe through the storms of life and are securely protected from attacks by the enemy.
The home is perhaps the most attacked place in the world. This is the case, especially amongst Christian homes. Satan’s goal is to cause the family to crumble. Whenever he strikes the family his desire is to capture the children. As you observe the disrespect and disobedience of young people, you must realize that someone has failed in their duty to bring up the child in the fear and admonition of the Lord. I understand that a parent can do all they can to raise their children for the Lord, and the child could still go astray.
1. Every home needs a sure foundation (Matthew 7:24-27). The home built on the Rock of Ages will withstand the storms and trials of life. We shouldn’t be afraid of the storms because we believe in the God who controls the storms. Hardship comes to every family, but a family built upon this strong foundation will stand firm.
2. Every home needs strong faith (Romans 10:17). Romans 10:17, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Keep your family in a sound Bible preaching church to safeguard your home. If you follow Christ faithfully, you are setting an example and securing a blessing that can reach beyond your own children for generations.
3. Every home needs sincere forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32). Ephesians 4:32, And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. The Lord forgives us freely, forgetfully, fully, and forever. This is exactly how we should forgive.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for parents who did their best, even sacrificing and pouring into my life with their words and actions. Father, help me be a source of blessing to my children and others. Help me uphold, encourage, and speak about You to them. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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