Proverbs 9:1 Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns. 2 She has prepared a great banquet, mixed the wines, and set the table…6 “Leave your simple ways behind and begin to live; learn to use good judgment.”
All the caves were occupied, damp and kinda smelly, so the guy gathering firewood said, “Hmm.” Soon, he had a little privacy for his new bride.Sticks fall down, and that’s embarrassing, so he figured out how to glue them together with mud.
Wood rots and leaks, but one day his grandsons were making mud pies and left them in the sun too long. His son said, “Hmm.” Soon, his son had a house made of bricks.
Have you been to a Renaissance Faire or visited some place like Diligwa, where they have a life-sized model of a Cherokee village? When my toes go CLANK on the floor because they are frozen solid in the winter time, I wonder how people survived without heat, indoor plumbing, and decent shoes. We don’t have to design our homes from sticks, because we have millennia of architectural experimentation behind us. Each generation studies the proven techniques of the past and builds on them. Structural security, energy-efficient glass, and clean water in every faucet are a long way from the cave and teepee.
Wisdom for living is another foundation for us to use—a launching pad even. Have there been times in your life when you’ve started from scratch, rolling your eyes as someone tried to tell you some old rules that didn’t apply to your modern life? What do you think about those “old rules” now? Creativity is good, but begin with a foundation of wisdom that’s been proven over the centuries.
Lord, we thank You for our ancestors, who made some really horrible mistakes and developed some really good stuff along the way. Thank You that even for them, You laid out some blueprints for living that we can use today. Help us to model wisdom for the next generation.
If you are grateful for your cozy home and want to help others get a house or clean water, check out these links:
Building Goodness Foundation
Global Compassion Network US
Habitat for Humanity
The Water Project
If you’re are afraid your donations will go to that friendly email Prince who needs to cash his inheritance check, I recommend Charity Navigator, the rating site that reviews charities for accountability. They don’t review everyone, but they’re a great place to start.
Lord, thank You for giving more than enough for everything we need. Show us how You want us to partner with You, because You build lives and not just structures that get knocked down. You’re so much fun to work with, Lord and we love You.