Proverbs 14: King James Bible
Build or Tear Down – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fourteen, Verse 1
1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Build or Tear Down
No matter what, it’s always easier to destroy than it is to build. Again, we see the comparison between the wise and the foolish. A wise woman building, and a foolish woman tearing down.
Because of the structure, let’s also take a look at what goes without saying. And what that would look like, is the following…
No wise woman plucks down her house, and no foolish woman will build one. Not too many of us actually build a house, or literally tear one down. But there are so many different ways that this can make sense in all of our lives.
You can build a family, or you can tear apart a family. To stay with the flow of the scripture above, you could tear down someone else’s family. Adultery will certainly do that. Gossip will do that. Addictions will do that. This list can go on, and on, and on.
The will and teachings of the Lord are not meant to tear down, but are designed to build up. Starting with your spirit. The stronger you get in the spirit, the weaker the hold of this world becomes over our lives.
And the weaker the world’s hold is, the less control the foolish flesh has over us. And when we’ve crucified the flesh, and we are driven by the Word of God, and all that the Lord has purposed for us to know and understand, we grow and partake in his wisdom.
We begin applying the Word into our lives, actions, thoughts, and are focused on his will, without even noticing, we begin to build (some cases re-build) a life that is more pleasing to the Father. We build, or rather, yield good fruit, that impacts everywhere we go, especially the home.
That is the spiritual side to the verse above I believe. Like we’ve gone over in the past, many pieces of scripture have a duality. One meaning for physical or carnal purposes, and one that is only spiritually discerned.
Now, what comes easy, is being foolish, and tearing down the house. This begins a little differently than we’ve discussed above. This comes from our own fallen nature, that is given reign over our lives. this fallen nature is against all things that are truly good, and from the Lord, and will always be at war with a believer’s spirit.
But for the ones who refuse the Lord, what is carnal is natural to them, and appeasing the flesh in one way or the other, will cause for the tearing down of the house from the inside out. Iniquities embed in the heart, and from the heart of someone, so goes their thoughts, words and actions.
Iniquities will be the main ingredient, that will take the house down. Not necessarily a literal house, but what about the house that nobody tends to think about? It is God’s will that none should perish. Therefore, we’re all built, whether we’re Born Again or not, to house the Living God.
If it’s not God we’re housing via the Holy Ghost, then it is something else, that is squatting in a place built and reserved for the Lord. But as sin and moral decay erode the house from the inside, it often becomes apparent on the outside. Please see scriptures below.
Related New Testament Scripture
1 Corinthians 3: King James Bible
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
1 Corinthians 6: King James Bible
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
2 Corinthians 6: King James Bible
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Ephesians 2: King James Bible
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Thank you for your Holy Spirit, with which we can be given insight into spiritual things. Thank you for all that you’ve prepared and preserved for us in your Word, and in our lives. Please help us to be wise in all things, and to avoid foolishness, having crucified the flesh, and live unto Christ. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Which comes easier to you, to build or tear down?
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