08 Jul THE WISE BUILDER
“Who among you is wise and intelligent? Let him (her) by his(her) good conduct show his(her) (good) deeds with the gentleness and humility of true wisdom.”
‘But the wisdom from above is first pure (morally and spiritually undefiled), then peace-loving (courteous, considerate), gentle, reasonable (and willing to listen), full of compassion and good fruits. It is unwavering, without (self-righteous) hypocrisy (and self-serving guile).”
(JAMES 3:13 & 17 AMP)
Before now my understanding of wisdom was limited and related to words only: what I say, how I say them and when I say them. You know as Colossians 4 vs 6 put it “Let your speech at all times be gracious and pleasant, seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to answer each one (who questions you).”
But the verses in the book of James made me see how short sighted that line of thinking is.
The book of Proverbs 14 vs 1 says “The wise woman builds her house (on a foundation of godly precepts, and her household thrives), But the foolish one [who lacks spiritual insight] tears it down with her own hands (by ignoring godly principles).”
Hence if it takes wisdom to build a thriving household as a woman, then the ‘wisdom’ the bible refers has so much to do with our CHARACTER.
However, all these and much more can only be achieved on the foundation of godly precepts or principles.
As wives and mothers our energies are channelled towards creating a stable home front where wholesome children can be raised, where gifts and talents are expressed and nourished, where each individual is an integral part of the whole. Thus placing a huge demand on need to be purposeful in all we do as parents.
▪1 Chronicles 29 vs 14b“…For all things comes from you…”. If we approach motherhood with the mindset that it is a gift and one that places a demand on us, then we are most likely going to develop not just the right attitude towards it but also an accountability mentality.
▪ Genesis 18 vs 19 “Yes, I’ve settled on him (her) as the one to train his (her) children and future family to observe God’s way of life, live kindly and generously and fairly…”.
That home and those children are an extension of God’s Kingdom and with this at the back of our minds, our parenting will be deliberate.
Our biblical reference, Abigail the wife of Nabal the bible says…”she was intelligent and beautiful in appearance…
The brief encounter Abigail had with King David potrayed her all round wisdom worthy of emulation. This vital quality saved her entire household from destruction and caused her to be favored by the king. From verse 18 through to 32 we see Abigail display:
•Good conduct that shows good deeds, Good fruits & Gentleness (vs 18-32)
•Courteous (vs 23)
•Willingness to listen & Humility(vs 14-17)
•Stability (emotional, financial, intellectual etc) (vs 18)
•Not hypocritical (vs 25)
•Discretion and discernment (vs 32)
•Morally and spiritually undefiled qualities
Who are you? What defines you? What can people say about you?
Consciousness of the Source and Purpose of our call to Motherhood will greatly help us apply our hearts to wisdom. Those children in your care are watching and learning, build wisely.