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May 8 – The Houses Which The Lord Is Building

“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” Proverbs 24:3,4

Devotional Thought For The Day

There is a larger implication to this proverb than mere construction of houses and the acquisition of wealth and expensive furnishings. What is referred to is really the building of one’s whole life – all aspects of one’s existence, including homestead, relationships, family, vocation, place in community, heart, mind, soul, and our heavenly treasures. The wisdom referred to is not conventional wisdom, which is often based upon the dynamics of mankind’s sinful nature – selfishness, pride, pleasure, prerogative, privilege, and power. Rather, it is the wisdom of God – knowing Him, His greater will and design for human being, especially His gracious mercy and love in Christ Jesus, our proper place in relationship to Him, and His grander eternal plans for us in the life to come in His glorious heavenly kingdom.

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people diminish and disparage Christian “faith.” It is because they are simple, unlearned, inexperienced in life, superficial, unspiritual, proud, and rebelliously unwilling to submit to God and allow Him to transform them and shape them through repentance and His gracious mercy. They will not “walk in the light as He is in the light,” and therefore they have no access to the wisdom and understanding of God. This is often the case with people even within the church – who are confused and believe that the acquisition of wisdom is a human endeavor, dependent upon our effort and therefore a matter of human accomplishment. To them the Word of God is a mere tool or instrument, not the very means and cause of all inner renewal and enlightenment within us. Christ too is made little more than an example or instructor – not the heart, center, and core of one’s entire life and being.

It is to this process of construction that God invites us when He says: “Be still, and know that I am God.” [Psalm 46:10] This is the process that Jesus refers to when He promises: “If you continue in My Word you are truly My disciples, and you shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” [John 8:31,32] This is what Jesus meant when He said, “This is eternal life, to know You the only True God, and Jesus Christ Whom You have sent.” [John 17:3] This is what John was referring to when he wrote: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” [John 1:4]  This is what Jesus promised when He said: “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” [Matt. 16:18]

The life of the church is one of faith – through which all of these blessings are worked miraculously in the hearts, minds, souls, and lives of human beings by God Himself. Therefore the life of the church is centered solely in Christ Jesus – by means of His Word, Holy Scripture, and His Sacraments, baptism and Holy Communion. The dynamic is always repentance and the wondrous grace, mercy, and love of God in Christ Jesus – and the result is splendid: solid, established lives filled with “all precious and pleasant riches.”  It is true that sin is still present, poking up its offensive head at times – but pray that this is not all we see when in the presence of those “houses” which the Lord is building. May God grant us this wisdom of faith that we also be houses that the Lord is building by His wisdom, temples in whom the very Spirit of God dwells. [1 Cor. 6:19]

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for the wondrous, miraculous work of construction and building which You are doing within Your church, in the lives of Your dear people of faith. Grant us great joy in the faith to which You have called us, which You have given to us by Your grace. Grant us wisdom to allow You full access to our hearts and minds, and fill our lives with “all precious and pleasant riches” of Your kingdom. Amen.