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 God’s Word 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.
Solomon pleaded for his son to accept wisdom’s call. God calls people to salvation through the wisdom of the cross (I Corinthians 1:18-25), and to a life of holiness and service through the wisdom of a Christ-centered life (I Corinthians 1:26-31). There is sufficient room for all who accept her invitation. Solomon’s temple had two pillars (I Kings 7:15). The seven pillars speak primarily of two things. The size and structure of wisdom’s house. Wisdom house is spacious and strong. The strong foundation of 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.
1. Every Home Needs a Sure Foundation (Matthew 7:24-27). The institution of the home is God’s design. He is the best builder and sustainer of our family. He alone is the Master Architect and has the blueprint for each of our lives. Every home must allow Christ to not only be present, but to be preeminent. Families should live in such a way that the presence of God is very real. Children must see that God is the greatest reality of life, not just in church on Sunday, but that He is with us all day, everyday. This type of attitude begins with parents. Parents must model their love for Christ and to their children. The home built on the Rock of Ages will withstand the storm 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. 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 Satan strikes the family, his desire is to capture the children.
2. Every Home Needs Strong Faith (Romans 1:17). Keep your family in a sound Bible preaching church to safeguard your home. Romans 10:17, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. If you follow Christ faithfully, you are setting an example and securing a blessing that can reach beyond your own children for generations. A Christian home does not develop by accident; it requires dedication and much prayer. One of the best possible things you could do for your family is create a special time where your family spends time in God’s Word and in prayer.
3. Every Home Needs Sincere Forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32). God wants to heal family hurts. 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. Love is relational dynamite that obliterates all obstacles in its path. Talking won’t do that for you. Pressuring won’t. Prodding, insisting, demanding, getting selfish—all of this will only tear your life and family apart. I Corinthians 13:8, Charity never faileth: You don’t have to do great things, just small things with great love. Express your love not only in lip service but also in lifestyle.
4. Every Home Needs Structured Finances (Proverbs 6:6–8). There is nothing wrong with money and possessions, unless we allow them to control us. But when gain becomes our goal, we are headed for defeat and disaster. Proverbs 6:6–8, Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. Be faithful stewards of God’s blessings. Get on a budget that includes a saving account. Save so that you can afford the things you are tempted to borrow for (home repairs, vacations, Christmas gifts, etc.).
5. Every Home Needs Sacrificial Furnishings. As you give to the Lord and to the needs of others, you will learn about His care and power to provide for your own personal needs in your life. You will get to know Him. Time and again I have watched the Lord supply my needs and the needs of my family as we have put Him first in our finances and give to Him. His provision increases my faith in Him and His care for our lives. This is one of the reasons why we are encouraged to give and meet the needs of others.
6. Every Home Needs Supportive Friendship (Proverbs 17:17). As a Christian, you need to be careful about the friends you choose. They will influence you for good or for bad, depending on what kind of people they are and how they live. Proverbs 17:17, A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. True friends love at all times. If your friend is up or down, victorious or defeated, rich or poor, you will love him at all times.
7. Every Home Needs Sweet Fellowship. Time with family is like investing for retirement: small and consistent contributions combined over an lengthy period of time leads to a valuable return. What has made our nation great is through the teaching and training arm of the home. The kind of family you have tomorrow is determined by the kind of investments you make in your family today. Build a family, and you’ll have a place to live for a long time.
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. I Jesus name, AMEN!
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